Nov 30, 2011

Stonehenge Place of the Sun Cult Ritual?

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Archaeologists have a new theory about the function of the famous stone monuments in Britain, Stonehenge. Prehistoric relics are thought to originate from the century 2400-2220 BC is thought to have a function as a place of sun worship.

As quoted from the pages of the BBC, has found two holes are believed to have used in the ritual offering of the sun, before the large stones were erected.

The hole was positioned in the arrangement that leads to the sky, which may include the filled stones, signs, or fire that indicate sunrise and sunset.

International archaeological survey team found the holes in the program Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project. The team is using geophysical imaging techniques to investigate the site.

Archaeologists from the University of Birmingham, UK, and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Archaeology Utilization in Vienna, Austria, has conducted a survey of sub-surface since the summer of 2010.

Procession Route

Initial allegations, the holes at Stonehenge was a Neolithic Cursus forming impressions, which may be the formation of a ritual procession route past. The ritual was assumed to carry a warning movement of the sun that moves across the sky during mid-summer (Midsummer solstice).

A cursus (a similar path) consists of two parallel holes shaped trench. In addition, the look is also a gap on the north side of the cursus, which is suspected as the entrance and exit during the procession took place.

This discovery reveals that the site was once used as the center of the main ritual, before the stones were erected. The ritual alleged to have been carried out since 5000 years ago.

Professor Vince Gaffney, University of Birmingham archaeologist who became leader of the project said, "This is the first time we've seen something like this at Stonehenge. It shows a complex explanation of how the ritual takes place in the cursus and the wider landscape.

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