Stonehenge is famous for its mysterious origin. It was built by a culture who essentially left neither a record of themselves nor a record of how they moved and lifted the large slabs of stone. There is also no record suggesting what Stonehenge was actually used for, though the two most popular theories suggest it was either some sort of observatory or a religious site.
Now, the discovery of the Superhenge, burial mounds, and monuments may shed some light on this age-old mystery.
Less than 2 miles away from Stonehenge, archaeologist have discovered something amazing: a monument consisting of about 100 stones, stretching for several acres, which could be more than 4,500-years-old! Buried under 3 feet of earth, this “Superhenge” was discovered using remote-sensing technologies. Some of the stones were thought to be up to 15 feet tall, before they toppled.
Vince Gaffney theorizes that the arrangement of the structures around Stonehenge suggest that Stonehenge could’ve been used as one of the first instances of human ceremonial procession or liturgy. Liturgy is the customary public worship done by a specific religious group, according to its particular beliefs, customs and traditions.
Paul Garwood, an archaeologist and the lead historian on the project, stated, “”Everything written previously about the Stonehenge landscape and the ancient monuments within it will need to be rewritten.”
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