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Interesting if it pans out. Full article here.

These were not just a few small rocks that could be mistaken for something else, Gaffney said, but huge stones, up to 14 feet tall — dozens of them.

Stonehenge itself is about 360 feet across, but the prehistoric monument the researchers claim to have found appears to be more than four times the size. Stonehenge includes about 90 stones, while this newly discovered monument may have had up to 200, based on their calculations.

Researchers have only detected about 40 intact stones and about 30 partial stones in the "superhenge" circle, but there are many more regularly spaced "sockets" that appear to mark places additional stones once were.

Here's a visualization of what they think the site looked like thousands of years ago:

 

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Stonehenge Hidden Landscape project has transformed how archaeologists view the ancient site, which sprawls over 4 sq miles of Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. The main monument stands at the heart of a landscape rich with burial grounds, pits and chapels. Last year, researchers found the remains of 17 new chapels and hundreds of other archaeological features scattered across the site.

Two huge pits have been discovered in a two mile-long monument called the Cursus that lies to the north of Stonehenge. The pits seem to form an astronomical arrangement: on midsummer’s day, the eastern pit’s alignment with the rising sun and the western pit’s alignment with the setting sun intersect where Stonehenge was built 400 years later.

The rise and fall of the newly discovered monument at Durrington Walls suggests that buildings were modified and recycled since the first stones were laid around 3100BC. A large timber building encased in chalk is thought to have been a house of the dead where defleshing was performed as a burial ritual.





 
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o_OMust have had damn hard leaders those crazy Islamic State tribes that executed this cult shit :laugh:
 

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o_OMust have had damn hard leaders those crazy Islamic State tribes that executed this cult shit :laugh:

Druid
ˈdruːɪd/

noun
  1. a priest, magician, or soothsayer in the ancient Celtic religion.
    • a member of a present-day group claiming to represent or be derived from this religion.
Radiocarbon dating of the site indicates that the building of the monument at the site began around the year 3100 BC and ended around the year 1600 BC. This allows the elimination of a few of the theories that have been presented. The theory that the Druids were responsible may be the most popular one.

The first academic effort to survey and understand the monument was made around 1640 by John Aubrey. He declared Stonehenge the work of Druids. This view was greatly popularised by William Stukeley. Aubrey also contributed the first measured drawings of the site, which permitted greater analysis of its form and significance. From this work, he was able to demonstrate an astronomical or calendrical role in the stones' placement. The architect John Wood was to undertake the first truly accurate survey of Stonehenge in 1740. However Wood’s interpretation of the monument as a place of pagan ritual was vehemently attacked by Stukeley who saw the druids not as pagans, but as biblical patriarchs.

http://www.druidry.org/druid-way/druid-beliefs
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celts
 
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Thank you. We also have this druid-crap in northern Spain, in fact they claim they have statistically more megalithic sites than the UK area, but not as big. And of course we know nothing or close to nothing about them. "Biblical patriarchs"? Please... LOL
 
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