Sunday, February 04, 2007

News from Stonehenge

It's an interesting fact that though recent history only seldom changes, one discovery can revamp our understanding of the distant past. Thus with Stonehenge. Stonehenge has been justly famous since it was built, but many details of its purpose and construction have been obscure for most of that time.

This past week, several houses built by the builders or staff of the complex have been announced by archaeologists, just a few from what looks like the largest Neolithic settlement found in England. A good summary from the New Scientist is here, while National Public Radio (US) has a good gallery of pictures.

After 10 or 20 years of follow-up work and debate we may have a much fuller notion of what went on at early Stonehenge than we do now.

Thanks again to Explorator.

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