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Stonehenge a Center for Healing

This is from BBC News: Nature, and you can read the entire article by clicking on the blue type, but I wanted you to know about the upcoming BBC Special on Stonehenge, September 27th.

Archaeologists have pinpointed the construction of Stonehenge to 2300BC – a key step to discovering how and why the mysterious edifice was built.

The radiocarbon date is said to be the most accurate yet and means the ring’s original bluestones were put up 300 years later than previously thought.

The dating is the major finding from an excavation inside the henge by Profs Tim Darvill and Geoff Wainwright.

The duo found evidence suggesting Stonehenge was a centre of healing.

Others have argued that the monument was a shrine to worship ancestors, or a calendar to mark the solstices.

A documentary following the progress of the recent dig has been recorded by the BBC Timewatch series. It will be broadcast on Saturday 27 September.

The mystery of Stonehenge, it’s origins, is purpose, has fascinated people for centuries. How amazing that one twelve day dig has discovered so much information – new pieces for a hugely complicated puzzle with lots of work left to be done.

As I write this post, I am also reminded of one of the all time funniest movies I have ever seen – This is Spinal Tap, one of those mocumentaries, this one about a rock group. Not a very bright rock group. It is a very funny movie.

They ask a set designer to create a magnificent recreation of Stonehenge, and give her a napkin with how they want it to look. The result is . . . hysterical:

September 25, 2008 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Cultural, Entertainment, Local Lore, News | , ,


  1. Oh I have always been interested in this and I really want to go there..

    I will be watching the documentary inshallah.. thanks for the info..

    Comment by ::: ShoSho ::: | September 25, 2008 | Reply

  2. Snort! I thin ”this is spinal tap” is the best mockumentary ever!
    I followed the researchm=n ad it is interesting of course, but in anorther ten years there will be new scienbtists with new and different findings.

    ShoSho, you can’t really get to Stone Henge; it’s completely closed off to the public, you can’t even get close.

    Comment by Aafke | September 25, 2008 | Reply

  3. sorry for the typo’s I’m sick, lounging on the couch.

    Comment by Aafke | September 25, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks for the info!

    Comment by nyxxie | September 26, 2008 | Reply

  5. Hi Shosho – glad this is of interest to you, and to be of help.

    Aafke, is that true? I think they close it off sometimes, but most of the time, I think people are allowed to visit. Isn’t it one of the biggest tourist attractions in England? You are right, Stonehenge has fascinated people for thousands of years and new discoveries are made all the time.

    Ohhh, sweetie, I am sorry you are sick. Drinking ginger tea and honey?

    Nyxxie, you are welcome! 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 26, 2008 | Reply

  6. This site Stonehenge UK gives visiting times and prices, they also offer tours. I am sure there are others, I just googled Stonehenge and visit and it came right up.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 26, 2008 | Reply

  7. You can visit Stonehenge. You can’t go up to the stones and touch them but the path leads you right around it from about 10 yards away. The most oddest thing to me is when your are driving to it you are out in the country and you come around the bend and there it is right in front of you. It is about a hundred yards from the road and just out there.

    Comment by momcat | September 26, 2008 | Reply

  8. why bother with Stonehenge and whether you can touch it or get close to it when you have the Giza pyramids , you can climb them and even watch the camels and horses there pee on them. That’s the fate of the nasty Pharaohs ,good lesson for tyrants all over the world

    Comment by daggero | September 26, 2008 | Reply

  9. lol @ daggero 😛
    I know a friend who will love this post. Will give her the link to it 😉

    Comment by Ansam | September 26, 2008 | Reply

  10. Ansam ,your friend is not Egyptian ???

    Comment by daggero | September 26, 2008 | Reply

  11. No! shes not 😛

    Comment by Ansam | September 27, 2008 | Reply

  12. LLOOLLL @ Daggero!

    LOL w/ Ansam!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 27, 2008 | Reply

  13. In the early C17th the renowned doctor William Harvey (he of the circulation of the blood and physician to King James and Charles1) and Lord North (advocate of the potency of healing springs) dug at Stonehenge. They were probably looking for the ‘healing baths’ described by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century. So the healing theory is almost 1,000 years old!

    Comment by StoneRazor | September 30, 2008 | Reply

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