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Assessing the acoustics of Stonehenge

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Stonehenge should display fake human remains, druid says

A druid leader is calling for fake, rather than real, human remains to be put on display at Stonehenge.
In an open letter, King Arthur Pendragon criticised English Heritage for the "macabre manner" it plans to display "ancestral remains".
In 2011, he lost a High Court bid to have bones, found in 2008, reburied.

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Rewriting the story of Stonehenge

Archeologists have found that the original Stonehenge was a graveyard for a community of elite families built 500 years earlier than the site we know today.
The new discovery has finally solved many of the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge, overturning the accepted view on construction and use of our greatest prehistoric monument. These new findings will be revealed for the first time in a special Channel 4 documentary screened on Sunday night (8pm 10 March).
The British team, which was led by Professor Parker Pearson (UCL Institute of Archeology), analysed the ancient remains of 63 bodies buried around Stonehenge, finding that the first monument was originally a graveyard for a community of elite families, whose remains were brought to Stonehenge and buried over a period of more than 200 years.
 
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Stonehenge builders travelled from far, say researchers

Thousands of people came from across Britain to help build Stonehenge, experts investigating the origins of the monument have said.
They said people travelled from as far afield as the Scottish Highlands.

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Stonehenge lights

As the sun set on Tuesday night, Stonehenge was illuminated with fire.
The Fire Garden, which runs for three nights, has been created by French arts group Compagnie Carabosse as part of the London 2012 Festival.
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Stonehenge was built to unify Britain

Building Stonehenge was a way to unify the people of Stone Age Britain, researchers have concluded.
Teams working on the Stonehenge Riverside Project believe the circle was built after a long period of conflict between east and west Britain.
Researchers also believe the stones, from southern England and west Wales, symbolise different communities.

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Ed~ Stonehenge was built at a time of transition from a nomadic hunter gatherer society to a pastoral agricultural way of life. And indeed it may have served as a unifying tool for a ruling elite.



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Summer solstice through the years

Stonehenge is thought to have been at the centre of important rituals for early Britons more than 4,000 years ago, but it was in the 20th Century that it was revived as a place of religious significance.
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Stonehenge design was 'inspired by sounds'

Music could have been an inspiration for the design of Stonehenge, according to an American researcher.
Steven Waller's intriguing idea is that ancient Britons could have based the layout of the great monument, in part, on the way they perceived sound.

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Ed ~ unfortunately his research is flawed, and he overlooks the obvious. (For all intents and purposes, we already know why the monument was built at that location, and for what reason)



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A new project developed by Bournemouth University academics is giving surfers access to a virtual prehistoric landscape: Stonehenge.
The World Heritage site near Salisbury is now more accessible than ever, archaeologists claim, thanks to Google's Under-the-Earth: Seeing Beneath Stonehenge project. Their last few years of findings, combined with the search giant's technology, allows surfers to visit the Neolithic village of Durrington Walls, to scout around prehistoric houses, to see reconstructions of Bluestonehenge at the end of the Stonehenge Avenue and to explore the great timber monument called the Southern Circle. The sites look as they would have appeared more than 4,000 years ago - and all from the comfort of your desk.

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Seeing Beneath Stonehenge uses Google Earth to transport you around the virtual landscape of this magnificent monument. You can interact with the exciting discoveries of the Stonehenge Riverside Project and learn more about the archaeology of this internationally important site.
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