RT: ‘Before Stonehenge, there was Woodhenge and Strawhenge’: High-tech 3D digital map reveals vast ritual monuments complex

September 10, 2014

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Published time: September 10, 2014 11:42

Reuters/Chris Helgren

Reuters/Chris Helgren

Eddie Izzard, it seems, was right about the Druids. Before Stonehenge, there were indeed other “henges” on Salisbury Plain.

Thanks to a new, state-of-the-art 3D digital map, scientists have revealed that Stonehenge was surrounded by a sprawling landscape of chapels, burial mounds, massive pits and ritual shrines. Maybe not “Woodhenge” or“Strawhenge,” as comedian Eddie Izzard joked in his “Dressed to Kill” standup routine in his debunking of conventional views of history, but not far off.

The vast hidden complex of archaeological monuments has been uncovered around Stonehenge using high-tech methods of scanning below the Earth’s surface.

The findings show that the iconic monument did not stand alone, but was accompanied by 17 neighboring wooden or stone shrines as well as dozens of burial mounds dating back 6,000 years.

The findings show that Stonehenge was the center of a complex arrangement of…

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