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Mysteries Revealed: Stonehenge Is Giving Up Some Of Its Secrets

Apr 09, 2016 04:40 AM EDT
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The Stonehenge in England has been a source of many mysteries and questions. Studies and investigations continue to reveal some of its secrets over time.
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The Stonehenge, found in Wiltshire, England, is an attractive and mysterious tourist spot that attracts people from all over the world. The Stonehenge has been a mystery for many years now and has been a focus of research and investigation.

Over the last few years, studies revealed a few amazing facts about the Stonehenge. Here are a few of them.

1. A recent study done by a few British archaeologists indicates that the monoliths found at the Stonehenge were removed and transported probably from two sites in Wales, from where the bluestones were used to make the Stonehenge.

2. Though previous findings state the bluestones arrived around 2600 B.C., dating has revealed the Stonehenge was erected around 2300 B.C. This date is quite accurate compared to what earlier findings stated.

3. Dating of the Stonehenge also suggests that the sarsens and trilithons might have been erected around the same time when Amesbury Archer was born. The Amesbury Archer is a Bronze Age man. His remains were found somewhere near the Stonehenge. Radiocarbon indicates that the man lived around 2300 BC.

4. Remains of 14 women who were considered important were found near the Stonehenge. This indicates that Stonehenge was a possibly a place that served as a cremation for people, most likely for people in power or notable positions.

5. A recent theory also indicates that the prehistoric monument could be an age old mecca on stilts. Julian Spalding, an art critic and ex-director of some of U.K.'s museums, suggests that this could have been a platform for worshippers, more like an altar of sorts.

6. Another suggestion by Prof. Tim Darvill of Bournemouth University and Prof. Geoffrey Wainwright of the Society of Antiquaries of London say that the Stonehenge might have possibly been a place of healing. This is because the people buried around or near this area have signs of major ailments. Investigations also state that most people who were buried around were not from the locality.

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