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Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites (UNESCO/NHK)

Stonehenge and Avebury, in Wiltshire, are among the most famous groups of megaliths in the world. The two sanctuaries consist of circles of menhirs arranged in a pattern whose astronomical significance is still being explored. These holy places and the nearby Neolithic sites are an incomparable testimony to prehistoric times. Source: UNESCO TV / © NHK Nippon Hoso Kyokai URL: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/373/.

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  • male robot johnny style avatar for user 21donnellyk
    how did they lift the stones if they are human without a crane
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  • leafers seedling style avatar for user tnavarro17
    At 45 seconds they mention the weight of each stones. How do they get this without disturbing the stones?
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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user Миленa
    - "continued for more than a thousand years."
    Wow! That's like us continuing to build on the Great Mosque at Cordoba.

    Their world was fairly unchanging... I wonder what it would be like to live in a world with no apparent technological development, where little changes and where your history is more legend than fact?
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  • leafers seedling style avatar for user Timm Triplett
    At is Woodhenge the same size as Stonehenge?
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  • female robot ada style avatar for user Vicki Bamman
    At about , it says that Stonehenge was likely a sacred place where people were buried. What is that statement based on? As I understand it, not many human remains have been found -- 63 in all, I think. Is that correct? That doesn't seem like a lot if one of its main purposes be burial.

    I read somewhere (haven't been able to find the link or I'd post it) that the stones at Stonehenge have not always stood the way they are now, that at one time all or almost all of the stones had fallen and that they were re-erected. If true, how might the placement of the stones be affected by the people who re-erected them?
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  • marcimus pink style avatar for user Sierra
    Are the stones that fell over to heavy to be picked up and put back in there original places using a crane?
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  • hopper happy style avatar for user courtneylynnkumar
    what year did they find these bodies?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Seine
    has anyone visually reconstructed what the Stonehenge originally looked like to prehistoric people? (according to the data we currently have) I'd like to see it with all the blue, white, and red.
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  • leaf green style avatar for user Gloria Blanchard
    Is there such a thing as socio-archaeologists? I think it is important to remember that people no matter how distant they are from you in time, geography, culture and or religion, were, are and will be just as intelligent and passionate about their experience.

    For instance I believe it to be likely that the people of Stonehenge shared their legends and myths, but also told their history as well. After all you definitely wanted to teach your children how to behave, how to survive and how to make life more comfortable - you do that by telling remembered history, you tell legends and share religion to inspire things like Stonehenge.

    One thousand years in Any religion leads to changes in interpretations, by Religious Leaders for the benefit (hopefully) of the community. The people of Stonehenge were not an isolated people, I wager they had to cope with at least some dialect differences, maybe even some language differences, (much like current Great Britain). Changes they most certainly saw, just like us.

    Their culture if we could know it, might have something entirely alien to us, but they were people, just like us, driven by the same needs, the same commonality and differences, the same will to create a community that builds something that transcends all.
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  • male robot hal style avatar for user Povilas
    At around it is shown that the stones align perfectly with the sunrise and sunset during summer and winter solstices.
    How were these ancient people able to figure out where to place the stones with such precision?
    Also, shouldn't the precession of the equinoxes (or some other factors of relative earth-sun motion) have led, after a certain amount of time, to the sunrise no longer being aligned with the stones?
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    • aqualine tree style avatar for user David Alexander
      Ancient people were, as modern people, keen observers of natural phenomena. As for your question of "how were they able to figure it out?", they took their time. As for your question of the precision of equinoxes relating to relative earth-sun motion; these positions do change, but VERY slowly. With that time-scale, Stonehenge is a rather recent thing.
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