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1. Rochdale's Stonehenge?
2. New Find in Cornwall
3. Stonehenge mystery hinges on unusual stones
4. Durrington Walls - An Overview
5. Druids fear shadow will be cast over view of 'birth of the Moon'

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1. Rochdale's Stonehenge?
Alice McKeegan and David Ottewell

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed a "mini-Stonehenge"... on the moors of Rochdale [Lancashire, West England].

The two nearby sites - an oval made up of collapsed slabs, and a 30-metre circle of rounded stones - are believed to be ancient burial sites dating back as far as 5,000 years.

They were spotted by archaeologist Stuart Mendelsohn during a walk on the hills in December and could now become a major tourist attraction.

"I suppose you could describe it as Rochdale's version of Stonehenge," said Mr Mendelson, 52, who is based in Sweden but originally from Middleton. "It would have been a sacred site and what we've found so far I feel will be the tip of the iceberg.

"It was very unexpected and I didn't believe it at first. I just can't believe that it's been missed by everyone.

"The stones are not arranged randomly and it's quite clear to see.

"For our area and beyond, it's very significant. We've found two burial mounds. The stones may represent particular lunar events in the calendar. I think it would have been a focal point for the whole community."

The two sites have been visited by Peter Iles, a leading archaeological expert from Lancashire County Council. They have also been inspected by English Heritage and entered on the official Greater Manchester archaeology database.

English Heritage described both as "fairly well preserved" and claim both are "possible of Bronze age date" - meaning they could date back to 3,000 BC.

Unlike the famous monument at Stonehenge, however, they are believed to be made of local materials.

The first site, made up of fallen stones, is 10.2m in overall diameter.. The second, which includes the circle, is on the western slope and - according to an English Heritage report - "seems to have been sited to be visible from some distance to the west, rather than the valley floor".

The report adds that both finds "probably represent Bronze Age burial monuments."

Around 20 stones have been uncovered it total - the largest being 1.5m tall - and the entire site covers an acre.

The construction of Stonehenge, one of the most famous pre-historic sites in the world, is believed to have been carried out in three stages, with the earliest starting in 3,100 BC - around 500 years before the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Historians are still puzzled as to exactly why Stonehenge was built and how its creators managed to transport rock from the Preseli mountains to a site in Wiltshire more than 200 miles away.

The site currently attracts an estimated one million visitors from around the world, every year.

2. New Find in Cornwall
Fogou - Cornwall
The passage seems to have an alignment to the midsummer sunrise when viewed from the SW end, although considering the tiny constricted creepway entrances usually found in intact fogous, it seems unlikely that the sunrise would have been visible from the fogou interior.

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3. Stonehenge mystery hinges on unusual stones,0,2012199.story?track=rss
A new excavation at Stonehenge seeks to prove that it was not a shrine of the dead but a temple of healing utilizing unique bluestones from a site 250 miles away in Wales.
By Thea Chard, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
May 4, 2008
The dig is looking closely at the 82 bluestones -- a double circle of large rocks, some weighing as much as 4 tons, that were brought in during the second stage of Stonehenge, the first stone construction at the site that began about 2150 BC.

About 150 years later, these were rearranged and encircled by much larger sarsen stones that have become iconic of Stonehenge.

Yet it is the bluestones, somehow hauled to the Salisbury Plain from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, Wales, that researchers say hold the key to the mystery.

Although the researchers found to their dismay that the area they examined had been tampered with in Roman times, they still hope the excavations will help show that the bluestones were once viewed as having therapeutic powers.

But the recent realization that the site contained stones from mountains 250 miles away in Wales shed new light on Stonehenge's origins.

Tim Darvill, a professor at the University of Bournemouth, and Geoff Wainwright, president of the Society of Antiquaries of London, have spent the last six years researching Stonehenge and the rocky outcrop Carn Menyn, thought to be the site in the Preseli Hills from which the bluestones were taken.

Darvill and Wainwright, the co-directors of the dig, found the Welsh site to be a center for ceremony and burials, where the springs that flowed below the rocks were regarded by ancients as having medicinal powers.

They hope that by finding evidence to tie the stones from the Preseli Hills to those at Stonehenge, they will have an answer to the age-old question of the site's purpose.

4. Durrington Walls - An Overview
Durrington Walls - An Overview

Durrington Walls is a massive circular earthwork, or henge, about 500 metres in diameter (nearly 1/3 mile), located north of Woodhenge. Despite having been much damaged by ploughing and cut through by the A345 road, its tall banks are still visible.

It was built in the Neolithic period. Excavations in 1967 revealed two circular timber structures and vast quantities of animal bones which could indicate that feasting took place there.

It has been suggested that Durrington Walls fell into disuse as a ritual centre when the stone circle was built at Stonehenge.

5. Druids fear shadow will be cast over view of 'birth of the Moon'
Druids fear shadow will be cast over view of 'birth of the Moon'
Druids fear shadow will be cast over view of 'birth of the Moon'
by Jenny Haworth

IT IS a rare lunar spectacle whose significance dates back to ancient times, drawing visitors to the Isle of Lewis from across the world.

According to local belief, the Callanish Stones were erected so they would have a special relationship with a range of hills opposite, known as the Old Woman of the Moors.

Also called Sleeping Beauty, it is thought to resemble a pregnant woman on her back, and every 18.6 years the Moon appears to rise through her legs, as if she is giving birth.

It then sets between the Callanish Stones, as visitors beat drums and celebrate the lunar cycle.

Alice Starmore, a tour guide who has lived on Lewis all her life, said: "Every 18.6 years when the Moon in its cycle around the Earth is at its lowest, it appears between her knees, as though she gives birth. It's a lovely, life-affirming event.

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