Mystical Morn at Stonehenge
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Archaeologists Tim Darvill and Geoffrey Wainwright presented the conclusions they reached during the latest extensive investigation of the Stonehenge site conducted this past spring. Along with discovering new evidence, the scientists were able to confirm their hypothesis that the site was used as a prehistoric “healing center.”
The most stunning of the new insights into Stonehenge is the dating and significance of the ‘blue stones’, which were found to have been brought to the area from West Wales in 2,300 B.C., 300 years later than scientists previously suspected. According to Professor Darvil, 60% of the blue stones were missing pieces, while only between five and ten percent of the larger stones appeared to be missing pieces. This led the scientists to conclude that the blue stones were used as talismans or lucky charms, just as the bones of saints are used as relics in healing and the designation of sacred spaces.
“In the case of Stonehenge, the [larger iconic] stones were the church building around the magical blue stones,” he said.
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