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Bloody Hell. Neolithic Circle of 10m Shafts 1.2 miles Dia.

#1  Postby Alan B » Jun 22, 2020 12:27 pm

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Vast neolithic circle of deep shafts found near Stonehenge

A circle of deep shafts has been discovered near the world heritage site of Stonehenge, to the astonishment of archaeologists, who have described it as the largest prehistoric structure ever found in Britain.

Four thousand five hundred years ago, the Neolithic peoples who constructed Stonehenge, a masterpiece of engineering, also dug a series of shafts aligned to form a circle spanning 1.2 miles (2km) in diameter. The structure appears to have been a boundary guiding people to a sacred area because Durrington Walls, one of Britain’s largest henge monuments, is located precisely at its centre. The site is 1.9 miles north-east of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, near Amesbury, Wiltshire.

Prof Vincent Gaffney, a leading archaeologist on the project, said: “This is an unprecedented find of major significance within the UK. Key researchers on Stonehenge and its landscape have been taken aback by the scale of the structure and the fact that it hadn’t been discovered until now so close to Stonehenge.”

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Durrington Walls in Wiltshire is located at the centre of the newly discovered prehistoric site known as Durrington Shafts. Photograph: Heritage Images/Getty
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#2  Postby felltoearth » Jun 22, 2020 12:29 pm

Are you sure that’s not 1.2 inches?
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#3  Postby Fallible » Jun 22, 2020 12:31 pm

The whole site is around 1.2 miles in diameter.
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#4  Postby felltoearth » Jun 22, 2020 12:37 pm

Alan B wrote:[
There is a drawing in the above article that defies copying - any ideas?


Screenshot to the rescue.

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#5  Postby Hermit » Jun 22, 2020 12:39 pm

Alan B wrote:There is a drawing in the above article that defies copying - any ideas?

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#6  Postby Svartalf » Jun 22, 2020 1:01 pm

Any data about whether these shafts would have been filled with anything, back when the henges were in use, or if something would have been placed or stood in them, or if there is some astronomical orientation or any evidence of their use or purpose?
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#7  Postby Macdoc » Jun 22, 2020 1:36 pm

Middens immediately come to mind. :coffee:
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#8  Postby newolder » Jun 22, 2020 1:48 pm

Something used to deflate Robin Hood's Ball? :scratch:
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#9  Postby Evolving » Jun 22, 2020 1:48 pm

The Guardian article has some suggestions.
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#10  Postby BlackBart » Jun 22, 2020 3:46 pm

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#11  Postby felltoearth » Jun 22, 2020 4:02 pm

to right huge stones one way would be to dig a hole, drag them to the edge and let them fall in. This may have been an abandoned Stonehenge phase two. The stones would have had to be considerably larger per the illustration.
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#12  Postby Svartalf » Jun 22, 2020 4:18 pm

I know that, there are plenty of holes under the standing stones in Brittany. But even for the larges stones, the holes are considerably smaller than that, just big enough to set the bottom of the stone in, leaving the larger part above ground, and then filled in to wedge it in place.
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#13  Postby The_Piper » Jun 22, 2020 4:26 pm

:eager: I can't wait until Youchoober History Time makes a documentary about it. If you haven't checked out that channel yet, do.
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#14  Postby felltoearth » Jun 22, 2020 5:56 pm

Svartalf wrote:I know that, there are plenty of holes under the standing stones in Brittany. But even for the larges stones, the holes are considerably smaller than that, just big enough to set the bottom of the stone in, leaving the larger part above ground, and then filled in to wedge it in place.

That’s why my hypothesis includes abandonment of the project. Bad planning. Or someone got the inch and foot marks confused.
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#15  Postby BWE » Jun 22, 2020 7:09 pm

felltoearth wrote:Are you sure that’s not 1.2 inches?

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