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Stonehenge Mystery Solved

 December, 2013

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Thousands of years ago, stone age man transported huge, rectangular bluestones 200 miles from Southwest Wales to Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England and raised them into a circle in a field - now called Stonehenge.

Without forklifts or cranes, building began on the site around 3100 B.C. and continued in phases up until about 1600 B.C. The people who constructed the site left no written records and few clues as to why they bothered to schlep the stones to this spot.

Wild theories about Stonehenge have persisted since the Middle Ages, with 12th-century myths crediting the wizard Merlin with constructing the site. More recently, UFO believers have spun theories about ancient aliens and spacecraft landing pads. Some believe it is a temple of sun worship. Nobody has yet been able to confirm the real purpose for Stonehenge...until now.

PREHISTORIC ROCK MUSIC SITE

It turns out that Stonehenge is a prehistoric centre for rock music, says a new study. According to experts from London's Royal College of Art, some of the stones sound like bells, drums, and gongs when they are 'played' - or hit with hammers! Stonehenge has amazing acoustics. A study released in May 2012 found that the circle would have caused sound reverberations similar to those in a modern-day cathedral or concert hall.

The venerated 'sonic rocks' appear to have been specifically chosen because of their 'acoustic energy' that make a variety of sounds ranging from metallic to wooden sounding, in a number of notes.

Research published recently in the Journal of Time & Mind reveals the surprising new role for the Stonehenge Bluestones that came from South-West Wales. Such sonic or musical rocks are referred to as 'ringing rocks' or 'lithophones'. The sounds made the landscape sacred to Stone Age people.

LIKE A HUGE XYLOPHONE

Archaeologists from Bournemouth and Bristol universities acoustically tested the bluestones at Stonehenge, effectively playing them like a huge xylophone. To the researchers’ surprise, several were found to make distinctive if muted sounds, with several of the rocks showing evidence of having already been struck.

 

STONEHENGE - FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

The special Bluestones make different pitched notes in different places. The investigators NOW believe that this was the prime reason behind the otherwise inexplicable transport of these stones nearly 200 miles. Since some of the stones were set in concrete in the 1950s to try and preserve the monument and the embedding of the stones damages the reverberation.

In Wales, where the stones are not glued in place, the stones when struck can be heard half a mile away. The stone age people in Wales might have used the rocks to communicate with each other over long distances since there are marks on the stones where they have been struck an incredibly long time ago.

The magical new discovery makes Stonehenge the first real musical instrument by making musical sounds over long distances, a little like a church tower.

OTHER THEORIES

Stonehenge has inspired scientifically reasonable theories. Here are five major (and not necessarily mutually exclusive) reasons Stonehenge might exist. [Gallery: Stunning Photos of Stonehenge]

1. A place for burial

Stonehenge may have originally been a cemetery for the elite, according to a new study. Bone fragments were first exhumed from the Stonehenge site more than a century ago, but archaeologists at the time thought the remains were unimportant and reburied them. Now, British researchers have re-exhumed more than 50,000 cremated bone fragments from where they were discarded, representing 63 separate individuals, from Stonehenge. Their analysis, presented on a BBC 4 documentary on March 10, reveals that the people buried at the site were men and women in equal proportions, with some children as well.

The burials occurred in about 3000 B.C., according to study researcher Mike Parker Pearson of the University College London Institute of Archaeology, and the very first stones were brought from Wales at that time to mark the graves. The archaeologists also found a mace head and a bowl possibly used to burn incense, suggesting the people buried in the graves may have been religious or political elite, according to The Guardian newspaper

2. A place for healing

Another theory suggests that Stone Age people saw Stonehenge as a place with healing properties. In 2008, archaeologists Geoggrey Wainwright and Timothy Darvill reported that a large number of skeletons recovered from around Stonehenge showed signs of illness or injury. The archaeologists also reported discovering fragments of the Stonehenge bluestones — the first stones erected at the site — that had been chipped away by ancient people, perhaps to use as talismans for protective or healing purposes. 

3. A celestial observatory

No matter why it was built, Stonehenge may have been constructed with the sun in mind. One avenue connecting the monument with the nearby River Aven aligns with the sun on the winter solstice; archaeological evidence reveals that pigs were slaughtered at Stonehenge in December and January, suggesting possible celebrations or rituals at the monument around the winter solstice. The site also faces the summer solstice sunrise, and both summer and winter solstices are still celebrated there today.

Original Study : Stone Age Eyes and Ears: A Visual and Acoustic Pilot Study of Carn Menyn and Environs, Preseli, Wales

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