Stonehenge was built on solstice axis, and They found evidence circle was once complete

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Dalya Alberge

English Heritage says it has discovered a “missing piece in the jigsaw” in our understanding of Stonehenge, England‘s greatest prehistoric site. Excavations along the ancient processional route to the monument have confirmed the theory that it was built along an ice age landform that happened to be on the solstice axis, according to Professor Mike Parker Pearson, a leading expert on Stonehenge.

The Avenue was an earthwork route that extended 1.5 miles from the north-eastern entrance to Wiltshire‘s standing stones to the River Avon at West Amesbury. Following the closure of the A344 road, which cut across the route, archaeologists have been able to excavate there for the first time.

Just below the tarmac, they have found naturally occurring fissures that once lay between ridges against which prehistoric builders dug ditches to create the Avenue. The ridges were created by Ice Age meltwater that happen to point directly at the mid-winter sunset in one direction and the mid-summer sunrise in the other.

Parker Pearson said: “It’s hugely significant because it tells us a lot about why Stonehenge was located where it is and why they [prehistoric people] were so interested in the solstices. It’s not to do with worshipping the sun, some kind of calendar or astronomical observatory; it’s about how this place was special to prehistoric people.

TO BE CONTINUED ON

http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2013/sep/08/stonehenge-ice-age-solstice-axis

English: A photo I captured of Stonehenge in A...

English: A photo I captured of Stonehenge in April of 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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