It would appear that Stonehenge was built about 400 years earlier than originally estimated—albeit on a site in western Wales, 225 kilometers (140 miles) from Wiltshire, England, where the iconic megalithic formation stands today. When Stonehenge was first erected sometime around 2,900 BCE it looked vastly different from the familiar
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.