More than 50,000 cremated bone fragments, of 63 individuals buried at Stonehenge, have been excavated and studied for the first time by a team of archeologists. The skeletons were discovered due to a renovation of the area around the ancient monument reveal that not only was this ancient stone circle a sort of ancient hospital, it was also a burial ground–presumably for those who didn’t heal (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these extraordinary interviews).
Why did ancient peoples, without modern construction equipment, struggle so hard to build huge monuments? These monumental structures are found all over the world, from Easter Island to the pyramids of Egypt. Recent research suggests that they all have a common characteristic: they may have been specially designed to conduct and manipulate sound to produce certain sensory effects.
The “shadow” of a small wooden version of the Stonehenge monument has been found about half a mile away from the Stonehenge site (which is in the center of crop circle country). It offers the promise of much more exact dating than has been possible with Stonehenge, because unlike stone, the remains of the wood replica can be carbon dated. Organic objects found near Stonehenge have been dated, and it is assumed that the monument was raised around4,500 years ago.