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|Description ||OS Grid Ref. SU120424.
In 1966, prior to the laying of the Stonehenge car park, three large post holes were discovered during an excavation of the site. Pine charcoal found within the holes has been dated to c8,000BC, which means that these post holes were in use 5,000 years before the commencement of Stonehenge. The post holes are now marked by circular patches of white paint upon the tarmac.|
|Septimus Rocket |
|Has there been any authoritative speculation as to purpose - the remains an earlier 'henge' perhaps, or what? What could it be about this particular site that held ancient men's interest for millenia, and promoted such an investment of monumental hours and titanic effort in creating the successive structures and modifications to existing structures? |
|Colin Reynolds |
|Check out the alignment of these three holes: compare with the alignment of the three Giza Pyramids, the three massive henges comprising Thornborough Henges Complex. Surely it cannot be coincidence that all of these ancient markings mimic the "not-quite-straight" alignment of the three stars that comprise Orion's belt...|
|Also check out the Devil's Arrows at Boroughbridge, three stones that I expected to be in a straight line, and was quite suprised to find they were not. It immediately made be wonder about an association with the stars on Orion's Belt
The arrows are not far from Thornborough henges, and quite possibly associated with them.|
|The Devil's Arrows were originally 4, maybe 5 stones, weren't they?|
|Is the "not quite straight" alignment of all these sites identical? has anyone actually measured the angle of deviation from straight? If the angles are not identical then as ANY 3 points will form a similar "not quite straight" line the probability is overwhelming that the whole thing is a coincidence.|
|Even if it is a coincidence, it still leaves me wondering why these monuments are not in a straight line.
Were these post holes the remains of a circular structure, which would explain the curvature, or are the three holes there in isolation?
Its pondering things like this that keeps me enthralled by our ancient stones (even holes!), the whys and the mysteries, and knowing that we will never really know....|
|I quite agree! I'm more than happy to speculate on their being formerly part of a circular structure (in fact, quite likely in my view) but this is quite different to Colin Reynold's view that the angle formed by the three marks is, in each case, a reflection of the three stars of Orion's Belt! Pshaw!|
|Ian Coady |
|Actually at the three posts are seperated by 3000 years in the radiocarbon dates with the earliest dating to 11000 BC so its more likely that these represent a phased structure rather than any kind of henge or palisaded enclosure. There is a tree hole to the north of the posts which may have been the focus for the posts suggesting that they were religious in nature and probably totem like posts. Coincidently there is also a fourth post which was found during the digging of the pedestrian tunnel to Stonehenge during the 1980s leading too speculation that there are probably more undiscovered posts.|
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