Thursday, 5 January 2012

MysteriesTemple on Orkney predates Stonehenge

A temple found on Orkney off the northern coast of Scotland may predate Stonehenge by 500 years.

While only 10% of the site has been excavated archaeologists believe that the new discovery pre-dates Stonehenge and will redefine what is known about the Neolithic period in Britain. An outer wall is all that's been revealed so far but modern instruments have allowed archaeologists to estimate that the wall itself was probably once 10 feet high while the complex as a whole might have been the equivalent of five football pitches in size.

Archeologists have so far found undisturbed artefacts including wall decorations, pigments and paint pots, which are already increasing their understanding of the Neolithic people.

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1 comment:

  1. I believe Mesolithic megaliths around the world had a utilitarian function. Their
    locations and orientations, I propose, have more to do with defense lines
    against an enemy who wielded bows and projectile weaponry. Not unlike
    today the cost of war must have consumed a large portion of the economy.
    The stones themselves resemble lines of soldiers, standing abreast and in
    rows. Often the broadest plateau of the stones were oriented to provide
    the largest surface area of coverage from incoming weapons. Archers could
    still shoot out between and duck to safety. Angles in dolmens could also
    then be explained as fox holes in the face of an arched enemy whose weapon
    would be launched on an arched trajectory. Covered in earth and grass they
    would have provided camouflaged areas to lay in ambush . Return fire could
    be shot out from behind metholithic lines which make for
    formidable shields. Semi-circle configurations provide a cone shaped
    field of defense against invaders. They were often placed along ridges and
    slopes of shorelines. Notches and holes might also have been used as sites
    for aiming and protection simultaneously. In essence they were fox holes
    and trenches.

    Certainly ancient megaliths around the world were used for a myriad of
    purposes; shelters, calendars, ritual centers, and burial grounds. Perhaps
    some of the dead had been slain in battle, a fitting resting place for
    ancient infantry and warriors. It must have seemed that way also to the
    descendants who sometimes used these sacred stone areas to bury their dead,
    though they had long forgotten who built them or why they were there.
    Magical giants might seem a reasonable explanation to the distant children
    of the builders . Climatic calamities could have pushed increasing hoards
    of displaced peoples into ancient arable lands. They may have been
    refugees or aggressors on boats with powerful bows and deadly projectiles.
    I describe my theory in more detail at: