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This CNN video lets us know that there are lots of Chinese folk living in old, underground shelters. The question – is this a sign that the Chinese Govt. deems shelters unnecessary, or is it true that they plan on evicting the residents?
The Large Hadron Collider was due to shut down at the end of this year, so that scientists could prepare it to operate at full power. This has now been changed, and the LHC will continue operating in 2012, still only using half of its capabilities. For some people this will be a relief!
Few have heard of the Mzora stone circle, so the article about it at Heritage Action is worth sharing around. Found in remote Morocco, it has many similarities to Celtic circles, including the use of the “megalithic yard”. It could end up being an important clue in discovering the origins of megaliths, especially when combined …
My proposition is that megaliths and pyramids were typically built under the instruction of “mysterious elders”, who were only temporarily involved with each culture they helped. This, to me, is the most logical explanation for why these construction abilities vanished from every culture that built such structures. A new study confirms the lack of consistent building, in Europe:
Rather than a single “megalithic” culture stretching across Europe, the outburst of mound tombs likely represents an idea reaching local cultures, he suggests, which then “stopped and started” across the centuries.
I do accept that the other possibility is that building megaliths “seemed like a good idea at the time”, but subsequently they failed to achieve what was expected. In the modern era we have plenty of fads, so why not back then as well? But megaliths (and pyramids) are more than just fads, for they have high levels of knowledge and expertise attached …
I was just watching a documentary (Standing With Stones) on the stone circles and burial chambers of Ireland, and they started off with Carrowmore in County Sligo. It seems that the very first standing stones and burial chambers in Ireland were “dolmen circles”, and the ones in Carrowmore date to between 4300 and 3500 BC, and possibly even as far back as 5400 BC.
These dolmen circles consist of a dolmen with 5 orthostats and 1 capstone creating a burial chamber in the shape of a pentagon. Enclosing each dolmen is one or two circles of 30-40 boulders.
As the documentary shows, the final dolmen at Carrowmore became fully enclosed, establishing a trend towards bigger & bigger burial mounds and eventually massive passage tombs like Newgrange.
What interests me the most is that these boulder circles are quite likely the first ever stone circles, and that means they originally were used …
In a recent documentary on Stonehenge I was surprised to learn that even though there were houses and facilities for large gatherings, most of the year nobody was home.
To me this sounded a bit odd, surely there would be guards to keep out squatters?
I now think there were, because it has been determined a large timber fence ran for 2 miles protecting the monument from one direction. Experts are saying it was to stop prying eyes from seeing rituals, others say it was to keep out drifting snow. While it may have served both of those purposes, I think it was more akin to the Berlin Wall – a year round barrier that could be manned by a handful of soldiers, regardless of whether there was a ritual happening or not.