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Stonehenge. by tucsonmike on 5 June 2008 2:20pm
This month's National Geographic's cover story was the digging being done @ Stonehenge. You could also watch this on the National Geographic Cable Station.
Stonehenge was a much more involved complex than people previously thought. That plain is otherwise so empty. Very much a case of "once you start runnin', there ain't nothin' to stop you." (Pepper Martin of the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals. He was asked the typical dumb sports reporter question, Mr. Martin why do you run so fast)?

Through DNA, they could trace where some of the bodies buried around Stonehenge originated. They were from all of Western Britain, Brittany and one was from the foothills on the Swiss-German border.
Re: Stonehenge. by geordiegirl on 6 June 2008 1:10pm
New stuff about Stonehenge all the time, Mike. Believe the people who built it brought the stones from Wales - somehow - don't know how.

It's a wonderful thing, but English heritage (the governing body) make controversial decisions about visitor sites, road traffic (it's horrendous there) etc. Not a lot gets decided fast.
Re: Stonehenge. by kazzzz on 6 June 2008 1:45pm
Reminds me, the solstice is coming up. Stonehengeward bound anyone?
Re: Stonehenge. by mrsthing on 6 June 2008 6:52pm
Can you get anywhere near it? I heard they'd fenced it off because of all the litter and people trying to get chips off the stones as souvenirs.
Re: Stonehenge. by geordiegirl on 6 June 2008 10:31pm
A Palinite get-together site, Kazzz? With you all dressed as Druids on 21 or 24 June (can't remember exact date) waiting for the sunrise??

No,Judy, it was fenced off ages ago - you can walk round the fence but unless you're there bang on opening time half the world walks with you. But yes, it's still atmospheric on a misty day.
Re: Stonehenge. by mrsthing on 6 June 2008 11:07pm
The date of the solstices and equinoxes (equinoces?) varies year to year-and place to place. It's always within the same 2 or 3 days, but it does vary. I can't remember the explanation why, though.
Re: Stonehenge. by peripatetically on 7 June 2008 12:10am
Oh, MIke, I saw that special. it was wonderful and very new to me. I visited Stonehenge in the late 80's , before it was roped off, or whatever, and the new theories weren't known then. Really fascinating stuff.
Re: Stonehenge. by kazzzz on 7 June 2008 12:25am
I went to Stonehenge back when you used to be able to clamber all over it too. Avebury is a really interesting place, has anyone seen aerial shots of the place? Fabulous.
Re: Stonehenge. by kazzzz on 7 June 2008 12:35pm
Oh and this year the Winter Solstice for the southern heisphere and Summer solstice for the northern is the 20th June ;)
Re: Stonehenge. by geordiegirl on 7 June 2008 2:27pm
So you'll be Druiding (scattering creme eggs as you go) around Melbourne, then, Kazzzz??
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