From: LARRY KLAES (ljk4_at_msn.com)
Date: Thu Apr 10 2008 - 20:10:52 PDT
Stonehenge dig turns up new clues
Evidence could support theory that monument was a ‘prehistoric Lourdes’
Village unearthed near Stonehenge
Jan. 30, 2007: Archaeologists uncover a village that was carbon-dated to
about the same time Stonehenge was built. NBC's Lester Holt reports.
updated 2:02 p.m. ET, Thurs., April. 10, 2008
Archaeologists conducting the first dig at Stonehenge in decades say they
have broken through to areas that could reveal the ancient English
monument's original purpose.
Based on years of study, the team believes that Stonehenge served as a
religious center and a place of healing even before its famous "goal posts"
were erected. "A prehistoric 'Lourdes' was set up at Stonehenge," said Geoff
Wainwright, president of the Society of Antiquaries and a key proponent of
The current two-week excavation, funded by the BBC, is aimed at extracting
samples from buried sockets where ancient builders placed the earliest
stones erected at Stonehenge, known as bluestones. Figuring out more
precisely when those stones were brought to the site could help confirm the
theory that Stonehenge's builders thought the bluestones had healing powers.
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