Sunday, November 26, 2006

NEW STONEHENGE POSSIBILITY

A well known professor, Tim Darvill of Bournemouth University, has suggested that the ancient monument of Stonehenge was a source and center for healing and not a place for the dead as most scholars have proposed. Rather than the summer solstice, he thinks the best time of the year at Stonehenge should be during the winter solstice when "our ancestors believed that the henge was 'occupied' by a prehistoric god, the equivalent of the Roman and Greek god of healing, Apollo - who 'chose' to reside in winter with hyborians, long believed to be the ancient Britons."

His evidence is that the Bluestones that came from Wales to build Stonehenge are associated with healing propertes because in the Preselis there are many sacred springs considered to have health giving qualities. Also, many of the burials around Stonehenge show that many of these ancient pople show signs of being "unwell." Some would have walked with a limp or had broken bones.

I'm skeptical! In my book, Oxford U. Press' Stonehenge with scholar Caroline Malone, we noted that a number of scholars think that the bluestones were left behind by glaciers (p. 23-24). And that bringing them from Wales was just too difficult to accomplish. Not only that, but building at Stonehenge was all finished at 1500 BC, long before Greeks and Romans were celebrating their gods. What do you think?

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