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    4,300-Year-Old Woodhenge in Germany Revealed to the Public for First Time





    Quote Originally Posted by ancient-origins.net
    The so-called German Stonehenge near Pommelte, where there was apparent human sacrifice, has been under reconstruction for several years and has just opened to the public for the first time. The 4,300-year-old site, which was originally constructed in the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, might more properly be called the “Woodhenge” of Germany because it was made of 1,200 locust tree logs.

    The ancient site was discovered from an airplane in 1991 in the woods near the Elbe River. It consists of rings of wooden posts in seven circles, shafts and trenches and is thought to have been a place of astronomical and mortuary observances from the 21 st to 23 rd centuries BC. Archaeologists determined the site’s dates of occupation from analyzing potsherds.

    Skeletons of children and young women were excavated at the site, which measures 115 meters (377.3 feet) in diameter. They had sustained injuries that suggested they met a violent end, Dr. Andre Spietzer told the tourism office of Saxony-Anhalt, the province where the site is located.
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    This culture which in my mind is the same as the megalithic culture was spread all across northwestern Europe. Let us assume that when a new culture or new religion come along, elements of the old religion are kept so the people will feel a cultural or spiritual continuity when joining the new religion or culture. If that is true there are minute elements of this Neolithic-Early Bronze Age culture deeply buried in our culture/religion today even after being overlaid many times. Wouldn't it be exciting if some young student who was interested in this sort of thing attempted to reconstruct these old megalithic beliefs?

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