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So that’s what Stonehenge is for…

It turns out that the mysterious circle of giant stones that stand in the south west of England are, and have always been, tombstones. This latest news from Stonehenge has picked up loads of coverage since the announcement by Mike Parker Pearson and National Geographic, yesterday.


It was thought that the 5,000 year old stones had only served as a burial place for a brief spell between 2600 and 2700 BC. But Parker Pearson has new radiocarbon dating information for three sets of remains, and pinpoints three specific times when the bodies were cremated, spanning a period from 2930 to 2340 BC.

These dead people were probably some sort of royalty – a fact that has been picked by some UK publications such as The Times, although perhaps predictably the royal angle seems to have garnered more interest in the United States (see, for example, the LA Times and the Star Tribune).

Still people debate the significance of those big stones in southwestern England (apparently dragged all the way over the mountains from the far reaches of Wales) and why they are arranged there in a circle of distinctive arches. One comment posted at the bottom of this New Scientist story claims that they are just left over bits of stone from people looking for coal. I’m slightly sceptical about that one, originating as I do from a coal-mining area of England and never having noticed huge stone circles there.

In case you still aren’t convinced by the latest discoveries New Scientist also have a nice rundown of the most popular theories for the existence of the stones, including the best explanation of all – a UFO landing site. Please, please, please, for once let science be wrong. Let Stonehenge be a gateway for visiting aliens. It’s what we all want.

Posted on behalf of Katharine Sanderson.

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    Garry Denke said:

    Coal dusters.

    Avebury coal duster, Cursus coal duster, Durrington Walls coal duster, Long Barrow coal duster, Robin Hood’s Ball coal duster, Stonehenge coal duster, Woodhenge coal duster, etc, all being originally simple coal hunting failures. Every one of them were coal exploration sites that did not yield any coal.

    Take away all of the dressed up cemetery headstone rocks and what have you got? Nothing more than a bunch of coal exploratory ditches and holes, that is what. Afterwards, these ditches and holes were utilised as grave plots, for tired disappointed coal explorers, and their cold disheartened families.

    Sad but true.

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    Jeremy Young said:

    Minor correction – the large stones in Stonehenge are locally sourced sarsens, it is only the smaller bluestones which came from Wales

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    Garry Denke said:

    and Bituminous burnt 3000 BC bones[/b]

    In 1973 the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (“IUP”) Indians GS 131 geochemical lab detected sulfur in Dr. Garry Denke (1622-1699) core samples from the ’56 Aubrey Holes which circle Stonehenge centre.

    IUP Indians 1973 qualitative ’56 Aubrey Holes geochemical analysis verified this high sulfur content from anthracite and bituminous burnt 3000 BC bones in Dr. Garry Denke (1622-1699) ’56 Aubrey Holes cores.

    confirmed by Sun Devils and Sun Angels[/b]

    In 1974 the Arizona State University (“ASU”) Sun Devils CH 113 chemical lab and Sun Angels GL 323 mineralogical lab confirmed the 1973 IUP Indians GS 131 geochemical lab anthracite and bituminous ’56 findings.

    Anthracite and bituminous Stonehenge coals were first discovered by Dr. Garry Denke (1622-1699), IUP Indians, ASU Sun Devils, and ASU Sun Angels (1656-1974), in USA laboratories first detecting sulphur (S,16).

    cremation fuel: Westphalian carbon[/b]

    Pennsylvanian (Late Carboniferous) coal and Mississippian (Early Carboniferous) lime in Dr. Garry Denke (1622-1699) Aubrey Holes of ’56 were first verfied in 1973, and first confirmed in 1974, by USA laboratories.

    http://www.iup.edu/

    http://www.asu.edu/

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    Garry Denke said:

    Cave Coal: 800,000 BC; Hand Axes

    Camp Fuel: Dates through Ice Ages


    > NW to SE —→

    Pembrokeshire Coalfield → South Wales Coalfield → Bristol Coalfield → Salisbury Plain

    http://www.durhamrecordsonline.com/literature/coalfields-british.gif

    Coalfield → 40 miles → Coalfield → 40 miles → Coalfield → 40 miles → Prospect Area

    http://www.geology.19thcenturyscience.org/books/1878-Ramsay-Geology/text-ocr/text/figs-100-jpg/GeoMap-400.jpg

    800,000 BC Coalfield → 800,000 BC Coalfield → 100,000 BC Coalfield → Stonehenge


    > dusters in white —→

    http://www.coalpro.co.uk/images/coalmap.jpg

    Pembrokeshire Coalfield → South Wales Coalfield → Bristol Coalfield → Avebury duster

    Pembrokeshire Coalfield → South Wales Coalfield → Bristol Coalfield → Cursus duster

    Pembrokeshire Coalfield → South Wales Coalfield → Bristol Coalfield → Durrington Walls duster

    Pembrokeshire Coalfield → South Wales Coalfield → Bristol Coalfield → Long Barrow duster

    Pembrokeshire Coalfield → South Wales Coalfield → Bristol Coalfield → Robin Hood’s Ball duster

    Pembrokeshire Coalfield → South Wales Coalfield → Bristol Coalfield → Stonehenge duster

    Pembrokeshire Coalfield → South Wales Coalfield → Bristol Coalfield → Woodhenge duster

    http://www.coalpro.co.uk/images/coalmap.jpg


    > dusters in white —→

    800,000 BC Coalfield → 800,000 BC Coalfield → 100,000 BC Coalfield → Stonehenge

    http://www.geology.19thcenturyscience.org/books/1878-Ramsay-Geology/text-ocr/text/figs-100-jpg/GeoMap-400.jpg

    Coalfield → 40 miles → Coalfield → 40 miles → Coalfield → 40 miles → Prospect Area

    http://www.durhamrecordsonline.com/literature/coalfields-british.gif

    Pembrokeshire Coalfield → South Wales Coalfield → Bristol Coalfield → Salisbury Plain


    > NW to SE —→

    Camp Fuel: Dates through Ice Ages

    Cave Coal: 800,000 BC; Hand Axes

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    The Wolf said:

    Tombestones eh, and here I thought it was some sort of ancient calander given that it aligns to various stars and sunrises and sunsets but it does make sense that they could have been used for that

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