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SubGnostic
Thursday, February 1st, 2007, 05:40 PM
Stonehenge builders' houses found

A huge ancient settlement used by the people who built Stonehenge has been found, archaeologists have said.

Excavations at Durrington Walls, near the legendary Salisbury Plain monument, uncovered remains of ancient houses.


Excavations at Durrington Walls, near the legendary Salisbury Plain monument, uncovered remains of ancient houses.
People seem to have occupied the sites seasonally, using them for ritual feasting and funeral ceremonies.
In ancient times, this settlement would have housed hundreds of people, making it the largest Neolithic village ever found in Britain.
The dwellings date back to 2,600-2,500 BC - according to the researchers, the same period that Stonehenge was built.


...The Sheffield University researcher thinks the settlement was probably not lived in all year round. Instead, he believes, Stonehenge and Durrington formed a religious complex used for funerary rituals.

He believes it drew Neolithic people from all over the region, who came for massive feasts in the midwinter, where prodigious quantities of food were consumed. The bones were then tossed on the floors of the houses....http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42513000/gif/_42513415_stonehenge_new416.gif

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6311939.stm

Pawb
Friday, February 2nd, 2007, 08:10 PM
interesting stuff.
I want a model of stonehenge in my backyard. :thumbup

nätdeutsch
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007, 03:35 AM
Stonehenge will always be shrouded in mystery, but as some anthropologists have pointed out, it was probably intended to remain so.