First, Andrew Collins takes us to the magical region around Stonehenge and reports on the huge and mysterious shafts that have just been found there and what they may mean. Learn more about Andrew’s work at AndrewCollins.com. Then David Halperin joins Whitley. While David and Whitley have been friends for
Wiltshire is historically known as one of the most weird and wonderful counties in the United Kingdom, being home to the Wiltshire "White Horses" carved into the rolling downs, the enigmatic Avebury stone circle, numerous longbarrows and burial mounds, the mysterious Silbury Hill and, perhaps Wiltshire’s most famous ancient treasure, the curious and still unexplained monoliths of Stonehenge.
Scottish archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest known lunar calendar–a series of 12 large, especially shaped pits, around 10,000 years old, that were designed to mimic the various phases of the moon. The pits align perfectly on the midwinter solstice in a way that would have helped the hunter gathers of Mesolithic Britain keep accurate track of the passage of the seasons and the lunar cycle. Thisis older than Stonehenge, which was built sometime between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. These pits pre-date all other calendars so far discovered, but are surprisingly sophisticated, designed so that changes can be made periodically to keep up with the precession of the equinox. Considering their age, this is an amazing and unexpected finding.
Authors such as Graham Hancock have claimed that the real human past is very different from what conventional research suggests and now conventional archaeological methods have revealed that Stonehenge, long thought to date from 2,500 BC, actually dates from 5,000 years before that, or 7,500 BC.
Excavation near Stonehenge found remains of a settlement dating back to 7,500 BC, revealing the site was occupied some 5,000 years earlier than previously thought.
Working at Vespasian’s Camp in Amesbury, Wiltshire, less than a mile from the megalithic stones, a team led by archaeologist David Jacques of the Open University unearthed material which proved that people settled there as early as 7,500 BC, not the 2,500 BC that has been previously thought.