Thursday, February 01, 2007

New village at Stonehenge

This is exciting. Archaeologists recently unearthed a village about two miles away from Stonehenge that they have dated to around the time of the creation of the monument.

I have always been fascinated with Stonehenge. I have been able to see it twice. I feel like Keats as he wrote "Ode on a Grecian Urn." In that poem, he describes the beauty of the ancient vase and the stories it has frozen in time upon it. What hands created it?

Remains of village found near Stonehenge

WASHINGTON - A village of small houses that may have sheltered the builders of the mysterious Stonehenge — or people attending festivals there — has been found by archaeologists studying the stone circle in England. Eight of the houses, with central hearths, have been excavated, and there may be as many as 25 of them, Mike Parker Pearson said Tuesday at a briefing organized by the National Geographic Society. The ancient houses are at a site known as Durrington Walls, about two miles from Stonehenge. It is also the location of a wooden version of the stone circle.

The village was carbon dated to about 2600 B.C., about the same time Stonehenge was built. The Great Pyramid in Egypt was built at about the same time, said Parker Pearson of Sheffield University.

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