Thursday, March 13, 2008

Researchers Describe 'Underground Stonehenge'

Most of us know Stonehenge, but Silbury Hill is its lesser known cousin. Situated about 80 miles west of London, the Hill is "a 4,400-year-old, 130-foot-high mound of chalk and dirt," describes Discover Magazine. Like Stonehenge, its origins and purpose are largely a mystery, but new research is uncovering some potential new answers.

Following a series of excavations and radar snapshots, researchers have found there are no human bones, but plenty of "sarsen" stones. This is the same type of stone buried at Stonehenge.

What's up with sarsen stones? According to the Discvoer article, "Because the area is made mainly of chalk, prehistoric people would have seen no apparent natural origin for the stones. Archaeologists think the locals endowed these rocks with a spiritual importance."

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