Posts Tagged ‘Stonehenge’

A newly found probable timber construction have been found by magnetic radar was interpreted as a new henge but that it had been a wooden one equal to the world-famous Stonehenge….

But now other archaeologists doubt it and Tim Darvill, from Bournemouth University in southern England, thinks it is most likely a barrow, or prehistoric tomb.

Since the place aren’t going to be excavated it will be hard to tell what it really is until there is an excavation. But the area around Stonehenge is rare to have excavations nowadays but it seems to have been quite a large area and much discoveries again and again.

Last year an another henge called the Blue Henge was found and you could read about it here and you could read about the new wooden henge/burial/burrow here

But whatever the examination shows it shows the great value in this case of combining archaeology and technology. To examine an area with a magnetic radar revealed the previously unknown monument even if the research have been going on in the area since the 18th century. By magnetic radar it is possible to discover much underground and it is also a undamaging technique which means the remains of a site is not destroyed in any way. But you get important information as well as if there will be an excavation archaeologists knows a lot better what to expect. I think georadar and magnetic radars will be more common as a preview of an area before excavations begin, in this way it is possible to better prepare for what the excavation will be about.

Because as we often notice in the field as archaeologist, wait the unexpected and often the last day and hours of an excavation….


A large multi-million £ project have started to discover how the landscape around Stonehenge looked like when the large monument was built.

It will require millions of measurements that needs to be analysed and also it will combined with gaming technology and the result will be 2D and 3D images. The whole project will take three years and this first year 4 kilometers will be covered this year and a total of 14 kilometers will be during the time of the project.

The project leader is Professor Vince Gaffney from the University in Birmingham and he says that the aim is to show people how the area around Stonehenge looked like when the monument was built.

Stonehenge is classified as a World Heritage Site and the whole site will be covered in this project! The money for this project is from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, in Vienna, and the University of Birmingham, and  the National Trust and English Heritage. The news is reported from the English BBC.

This will hopefully lead to something good and having hopefully a model of the area around Stonehenge will enable people to visit the site in their computer. Since the many people visiting Stonehenge each year damage the monument a virtual model with the surrounding landscape will both benefit the archaeologists, scientists as well as the public.

In the future models like this could maybe be done to apps both for the Apple products like the Ipad and Iphone but as well released on Xbox live. One possibility would be to use the Kinect (former Project Natal) to navigate and get a feeling of space and move around inside the model!

There are great potential in technology in combination  with archaeology and that haven’t been explored. One reason behind this network and homepage is increasing awareness about technology and archaeology in new ways and see new possibilities.

I will have a lot more posts about this in the future, there are much to investigate, test, build and above all see which technology could be useful for archaeology and to create a pipeline for it!

During an excavation this summer archaeologists made a remarkable find, a new Stonehenge not far from the world-famous one! The new Stonehenge got the name “Bluestonehenge” after the 25 Welsh stones the monument consisted of. The monument was discovered on the west side of the river Avon. The monument have probably been about 10 metres in diameter and was surrounded by a henge which was a ditch with an external bank. The leader of the excavation is the archaeologist and Professor Mike Parker Pearson from the University of Sheffield.

Even if this new “Stonehenge” isn’t  really big it has quite an interesting story to tell. The bluish Welsh stones gathered at Preseli mountains of Wales 150 miles away from the site was removed thousands of years ago. The monument have probably been a sign marking the end on a route from Stonehenge to the river Avon and was constructed during the end of the Stone Age. The henge surrounding the monument was built about 2400 BC but during the excavations arrowheads were founds. The arrowheads was typological dated to be 500 years older so it is probable that the henge was built about 2900-2400 BC. Carbon-dating have been taken from the site but the results are not finished but will reveal more dating material to the site.

I think we have found incontrovertible proof that the river was very important to the people who used Stonehenge. I believe that the river formed a conduit between the living and the dead and this is the point where you leave the realm of the living at the river and enter the one of the dead at Stonehenge” says Parker Pearson.

Even if it is quite likely that the river have been important to leave the realm of the living and enter the one of the dead it is very hard to say today. Talking about peoples feeling in the past several thousands years ago is very difficult and are often based on ethnology and what we know about more modern times. Nevertheless sometimes it can be important and necessary to at least try to discuss peoples feelings from the past to understand our history and how humans have developed religion, society, rituals and so on over time. And when talking about human feelings it is sometime the way we feel most connected with the prehistoric human.

When the monument was constructed the builders used deer antlers as pickaxes which is quite common. The use of deer antlers was quite common during in the Stone Age and was quite common in Scandinavia and other places as well. The “Bluehenge” might be a form of form of early hengemonument related to the Stonehenge. The blue stones could have been moved from the river bank to Stonehenge but results from carbon-dating hopefully show if that is the case. Stonehenge was rebuilt about 2500 BC which the stones from “Bluehenge” could have been removed and incorporated in the Stonehenge. At 2500 BC the Stonehenge became Britain’s largest burial ground and archaeologist Parker Pearson thinks it is possible that people were cremated at “Bluehenge” and the ashes were later buried at Stonehenge. But the new monument show that the river Avon most likely have been of great importance and seems to a have relationship with Stonehenge. Hopefully the new results will present more information about the new henge as well as making the knowledge about the Stonehenge and Stone Age more rich and complete.

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