On 2 May 2014, Amesbury in Wiltshire was officially recognized as the oldest town in Britain. The news would seem completely insignificant to most, but what drew my attention is that the town is located about 40 miles from Stonehenge. For years historians and researchers alike believed that the famous site was constructed by European immigrants, but results from a recent archaeological dig by the University of Buckingham has finally proven that the site dates back more than 10 millenia and was initiated by British settlers. In fact, carbon dating has shown the parish of Amesbury has been occupied since 8, 820 BC.
Although there are quite a few sites similar to Stonehenge worldwide, the news immediately made me think of two utterly unique discoveries that I identified while doing research on megalithic sites. My favourite was Seahenge, discovered in Norfolk in 1998. Also known as Holme 1, the site consisted of fifty-five oak trunks that formed a circular enclosure with a large inverted oak stump in the middle. The site was built around 21st century BC. Ater its discovery, the site was excavated despite protests from neo-pagan groups and the timbers were cleaned and placed in permanent storage. Today visitors can view a recreated Seahenge at the original site or visit the museum that opened to the public in 2008. The site appeared on a list of mine that was published by Listverse detailing Ten Incredible Submerged Ruins.
While both of these sites are in the UK, I also discovered that a similar site was found at the bottom of Lake Michigan. This in itself is fascinating as most of the megalithic sites appear in Western Europe and the Middle East. In 2007 while surveying Lake Michigan’s bottom with sonar, a team of underwater archaeologists discovered a series of stones aligned in a circle 40 feet below the surface. One of the stones also seemed to feature a carving of a mastodon, an animal that has been extinct for over 10, 000 years. This site appeared on a published list called Ten Mysterious Underwater Anomalies.
Where the Megalithic Builders came from and who they were, will always remain a mystery and a let’s be honest, a heavily debated one. To look at a few other examples, feel free to visit the Sacred Destinations website and visit their Megaliths page.
Colossal statues are statues at least three times as big as the original object which served as its inspiration. At their best, these statues are absolute masterpieces of craftsmanship and construction. Our most spectacular modern colossal statues are usually carved into mountains and rock cliffs, making it one of the most durable art forms around. Also known as “living rocks,” these magnificent sculptures are an enduring tribute to mankind’s capacity to create beauty from nature’s humble surfaces…
Africa’s 19th richest man, Jim Ovia concluded in a recent interview that a man’s wealth means nothing – it’s what he does with it that is truly important. A walking paradox to many people’s notion of what an African is, Ovia is a sophisticated cosmopolitan, a polished and worldly gentleman. The sadly-surprising subject of African billionaires shines light on how there are a multitude of other misrepresented facts on Africa that needs sharing as well. Some of the most sensitive topics regarding Africa and her history have been unnaturally twisted to suit the propaganda and ramblings of Afrocentrics, shady politicians, and complete racists. The fact of the matter is that … (read more)
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The buildings and structures left behind from ages past have astounded history buffs for centuries. From the Parthenon to the Great Pyramid, there never seems to be an end to the multitude of information we can gain from them. But often, that which can be observed above the ground pales in comparison to the extraordinary finds that have been discovered underneath our feet. Whether it be ancient reservoirs, theaters, temples, or disguised strongholds, these monumental subterranean structures serve as a continuing legacy of the ancient world’s remarkable ingenuity…. (Read More)
Ten shocking facts on Marine Debris
Roughly 3.5 billion years ago, life on the blue planet began in the seas. Apart from being home to the earth’s tallest mountains, tallest waterfalls (yes, that is correct – tallest waterfalls) and almost 80% of all life on earth, our oceans generate 50% of the earth’s oxygen and it contributes to the sustenance and subsistence of millions of people. For all its resources and the fact that we are almost wholly dependent on it, one would think that we would take better care of it. Unfortunately it would seem that flippant ignorance and a general refusal to accept responsibility forms part of the human condition.