Good thread OP, thanks.
Regarding the stone circle feature at the start of your post...notice how there are exactly 12 large rectangular pits around the perimeter, and
between them, at all cardinal points there are thinner rectangles.
If this were a timepiece, and there was once a tall, narrow tower at the centre of the circle, the smaller rectangles are the hour markers, the larger
ones are the 'minutes' markers, or the period between hours.
A huge sundial.
Now, depending on it's orientation, this could have a dual function.
It could be both a clock and a calendar, with the 12 narrow 'hour' rectangles being the month markers, and the larger 'minutes' ones being the period
of 1 month each.
So it can be a daily / hourly clock, with minute intervals, a yearly calendar, with daily intervals, and even more amazingly, could...could...also
mark out the procession of the equinoxes...with each 'hour' segment, marking a new 'star age'...such as the age of Aquarius.
The 'minutes' segments would then become periods of about 26,000 years each, for a 312,000 year complete cycle of the constellations.
Water channels are included which would have acted as a symbolic mirror of the stars in the heavens.
At night, when the water is glassy still...the current 'age' would be symbolicly reflected in the central pool.
That's my theory, anyway.
And yes, it's normal for older settlements to be continually built over as the generations roll by. There are often very long periods of abandonment
in many ancient settlements, followed by newer periods of habitation..in a cyclic fasion.
So it's quite a safe bet to assume there is evidence of a mixture of much older and younger settlement and stone working at this site.
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