posted on Oct, 9 2012 @ 02:19 PM
Laser scanning has revealed 72 undiscovered Bronze Age carvings on five of Stonehenge's giant stones suggesting, according to some archeologists,
that the site perhaps doubled not only as a temple but also as a prehistoric art gallery.
The new images, found on the monument which was originally built in the third millennium BC as a solar temple, portray axe heads and a dagger.
Of the 72 newly discovered images revealed through the data analysis, 71 portray Bronze Age axe-heads and one portrays a Bronze Age dagger.
The 72 new ‘rock art’ discoveries almost treble the number of carvings known at Stonehenge.
It’s known that, when the main phase of the monument was initially built in the middle of the third millennium BC, it was designed primarily as a
solar temple, aligned on the mid-winter and mid-summer solstices.
a laser-scan-derived image of the largest panel of axe-head carvings at Stonehenge.
Drawings of all the axe-heads shown in the laser-scan-derived image. The green ones
are new discoveries.
It is thought that the axe heads may be associated with storm deities, based on surviving European folklore, in which the axe heads protect against
It is also thought that the axe heads portrayed were stencilled using real axe heads, including one that measured 46cms long, suggesting a size too
large to be practical.
The recent study also suggest that the moment was designed to be viewed from the North East, consistent with the archaeological view that holds a
processional way approached from that side.
Personally, I see no reason why storm deity symbolic art work can't be an integral part of a temple complex, in the same way that Medieval cathedrals
are richly ordained with religious art.