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September 4th, 2013, 16:21
Originally Posted by Alrik Fassbauer View Post
In an legend/fairytale it was told that Merlin had (re)built Stonehenge, probably that's why.

Current age speculations are set by the data Archaeologists got ffrom diggings there - within Stonehenge, there were found a few graves.

There's an fascinating film by the National Geographic about Stonehenge, too.
In it, an Archaeologist speculates that Stonehenge was originally part of two sites with different symbolic meanings.
That would be Mike Parker-Pearson talking about Durrington Walls, a site just up the river. He's got the idea that Stonehenge was a place of the dead, while Durrington was a place to live. I've got friends who worked on that dig and, uh, consider some of his evidence a bit stretched, but it's as good a theory as any of them. Essentially, every academic prehistorian has their own pet theory and tends to ignore the others.

The really interesting bit about Stonehenge is that it's been reused, rebuilt, and repurposed over and over again for thousands of years, but everyone tends to go for a single theory to cover thousands of years of use. Even the Romans were hanging around doing something there. Hell, the Stonehenge we see is mostly a modern reconstruction. Unfortunately, it's so tainted with pseudohistory and New Age bullshit that it's hard to work with.
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