But certainly these later groups used Stonehenge for their own purposes, and left behind traces of their presence, so could easily be attributable to
any of these later groups. I too would think most people nowadays who bother to read even one article on the currently accepted theories on Stonehenge
origins would know it predates all the groups that were thought to have built it in ages past, but of course to leave markings on it only requires
that it was already there, not for the graffiti artist to have had a hand in building it. :-)
And though I have no scholarly or research experience with such matters, I have a gut feeling that these seemingly randomly slapped on
whatever-they-ares were made by a much later, less adept person or group than the obviously highly skilled builders of the stone phase of the henge.
It seems very primitive and defacing, completely in contrast to the orderly, intentional design and layout of the site.
As for dismissing any theories of what they could represent, no one can do so with any degree of certainty. I think its fascinating to hear what
everyone sees, a sort of Stonehenge Rorshach test. :-) And given the historical ubiquity of "magic mushrooms" in everything from wood cuts to
drawings, I think the people postulating this explanation have just as much evidentiary weight on their side as the axe heads proponents, if not more.
And just to make sure I'm not misreading or missing it, is this the only stone to have markings revealed in the scanning project? If so, that in
itself is pretty interesting - why only this stone, esp if to represent axes used in construction - surely an axe on every stone would be more
instructive? If mushrooms, perhaps there was a tendency for them to grow nearest to this stone and ths it was known as the Stone of Seeing, with an
illustration of what one uses to trigger the visions. :-) Kidding. and i thought at first the design was a pretty good representation of mushrooms
griwing in a field, but dont psylocibin grow in circles? And aren't there other carvings that were known, perhaps a spiral or kroder? I think they
were much higher up but not sure which stone they were on. I'll see if I can google it.
Good call on the number of them possibly being related to the precessional number 72, the number of yesrs it takes a star to move 1 degree or so from
the same point it appeared at the same time on whatever date they used as a starting point, usually thought to be an equinoctial night. But again the
seemingly haphazard nature of their placement - assuming it is as appears - contrasts to any sort of careful measurement or tracking, which I'd think
would be carved in a more orderly position relative to one another.
If they merely represent simple tally marks, then why even bother with the cross, as opposed to the much easier vertical line by itself? It's not as
if carving these doesn't require some effort. But just underscores how difficult it is to get in the mind of the carver(s). Is there any concensus on
if the carving style supports multiple or a single carver? and how long making each mark would have likely took given the probable methods used (ie
axe versus stone versus whatever other tools needed to carve into the stone)?
Doubtful we'll ever know for sure just what the maker of the marks intended, much like the intention of the original builders of the circle itself
(again, as my feeling is these markings are from a far later period). but thats all part of the frustrating but inviting mystery of these ancient
constructions - we can each form our own theory and reasons for their construction, and no one can really tell us we're wrong. :-)
Which leads me to recording my own idea of what the marks represent... Clearly they are are a tribute to Stonehenge's even more ancient predecessor,
as I think the marks look uncannily like the T stones of Gobekli Tepe! :-) and if you position youself facing true North from below the GobTep site,
this what the entire complex would look like (if all the stones were no longer buried of course), Paying tribute to the mother site, which was further
back in the mists of prehistory from Stonehenge as the final phase of SH is to our own time! Fascinating are these enigmatic monuments! :-)
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