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Henges? How many and How Old?

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posted on Jul, 2 2006 @ 10:49 AM
As Nygdan has noted elsewhere, there are many Observatories which resemble Stonehenge.

Here, in Germany, they are finding such a Site that may date to 5000 BC.

If so, that's 2500 years older than what many PRESUME Stonehenge to be.

The Goseck enclosure and hundreds of similar wooden circular henges were built throughout Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic during a 200-year period around 4600 b.c. While the sites vary in size--the one at Goseck is around 220 feet in diameter--they all have the same features.

Seems this Henge was one of the best perserved examples.

As an aside.......

Maybe we can use this for a Unified Henge Post. Just a thought. Amazon, Peru, Americas, Europa, or wherever. They could all fit in here nicely.



posted on Jul, 2 2006 @ 02:55 PM
Stonehenge is actually the last of 3 henges built on the Salisbury Plain site...the previous two, Strawhenge and Woodhenge, were destroyed, but the circle made of stone remained standing...and the 3 little druids were saved

[edit on 2-7-2006 by timski]

posted on Jul, 7 2006 @ 03:52 PM
No one actually knows when the site on which stonehenge was built became a ritualistic/observational point of earth. First a circular trench was dug the wooden posts put up, much later the stone that remain there today were put it.

[edit on 7-7-2006 by Scyman]

posted on Jul, 8 2006 @ 04:58 AM
Worth pointing out that whilst stonehenge refers to the stone circle, correcting speaking a henge is simply a space enclosed by a roughly circular earth bank. It may or may not have a stone circle, burial cairns or other structures within it.

History of Stonehenge

posted on Feb, 4 2010 @ 08:22 PM
Stonehenge's Secret

News coming from the U.K. is offering more detail into the landscape that surrounded Stonehedge in the past.

Stonehenge's secret: archaeologist uncovers evidence of encircling hedges

The Monty Python knights who craved a shrubbery were not so far off the historical mark: archaeologists have uncovered startling evidence of The Great Stonehenge Hedge.

Inevitably dubbed Stonehedge, the evidence from a new survey of the Stonehenge landscape suggests that 4,000 years ago the world's most famous prehistoric monument was surrounded by two circular hedges, planted on low concentric banks. The best guess of the archaeologists from English Heritage, who carried out the first detailed survey of the landscape of the monument since the Ordnance Survey maps of 1919, is that the hedges could have served as screens keeping even more secret from the crowd the ceremonies carried out by the elite allowed inside the stone circle.


The survey also found puzzling evidence that there may once have been a shallow mound among the stones, inside the circle. It was flattened long ago, but is shown in some 18th century watercolours though it was written off as artistic licence by artists trying to make the site look even more picturesque. The archaeologists wonder if the circle originally incorporated a mound which could have been a natural geological feature, or an even earlier monument.

It seems this will be presented tomorrow in the British Archaeology magazine.

Further evidence we truely haven't a clue about our past, and in the case of Stonehedge, we still likely have a long way to go until we DO understand it's reason for being and when it really was created.



posted on Feb, 14 2010 @ 08:23 PM
I found the Nat Geo Release about this Second Hedge found surrounding Stonehedge.

It speaks about the Hedge, as well as the Mound that is suspected of being in the center of Stonehedge.

Nat Geo Update on Henge Hedge

James Owen
for National Geographic News
Published February 11, 2010

Stonehenge may have been surrounded by a "Stonehedge" that blocked onlookers from seeing secret rituals, according to a new study.

Evidence for two encircling hedges—possibly thorn bushes—planted some 3,600 years ago was uncovered during a survey of the site by English Heritage, the government agency responsible for maintaining the monument in southern England.

The idea that Stonehedge was a shield against prying eyes isn’t yet firmly rooted, but it's archaeologists' leading theory. For instance the newfound banks are too low and unsubstantial to have had a defensive role.

"The best [theory] we can come up with is some sort of hedge bank," said English Heritage archaeologist David Field, whose team discovered the two landscape features in April 2009.

"We think they served as some sort of screen to filter access to the center [of Stonehenge]." (See Stonehenge pictures.)

The shallow earthworks—each runs inside a ring of known Bronze Age pits—are just visible to an expert eye, "but you need to get down on your hands and knees" to see them, Field added.


Partially concealed by fallen stones, the forgotten mound had been previously recorded in 18th- and 19th-century watercolor paintings.

"There’s a good chance it's prehistoric," said English Heritage's Field.

The suspected burial mound possibly dates to the earliest phases of the monument, as early as 5,000 years ago, Field said.

If the mound was built first, "it may be that this was the focus around which Stonehenge developed."

This also speculates on various possible reasons of the Hedge, which tends to make the reason for the Hedge a little more understandable.

Anything further, I will post here.



posted on Feb, 14 2010 @ 09:34 PM
There are many henges and stone circles in Europe -- some are quite old. There's a world site for them but I'm not finding it right now (and I'm a bit tired, so I'm not searching hard.) Here's a good but partial list of some of these henges:

There are other types of ancient stone monuments, many believed to be very ancient. There were some earthworks that could be classified as henges here in North America, but they're not very similar to European ones and the earthworks are far more complex in design than the European henge.

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