Ancient Shafts Found Near Stonehenge

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A circle of deep shafts has been discovered near the world heritage site of Stonehenge, to the astonishment of archaeologists, who have described it as the largest prehistoric structure ever found in Britain.

Four thousand five hundred years ago, the Neolithic peoples who constructed Stonehenge, a masterpiece of engineering, also dug a series of shafts aligned to form a circle spanning 1.2 miles (2km) in diameter. The structure appears to have been a boundary guiding people to a sacred area because Durrington Walls, one of Britain’s largest henge monuments, is located precisely at its centre. The site is 1.9 miles north-east of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, near Amesbury, Wiltshire.

Prof Vincent Gaffney, a leading archaeologist on the project, said: “This is an unprecedented find of major significance within the UK. Key researchers on Stonehenge and its landscape have been taken aback by the scale of the structure and the fact that it hadn’t been discovered until now so close to Stonehenge.”

13 Responses to Ancient Shafts Found Near Stonehenge

  1. Mar says:

    Think about this. This was all done by hand and hard manual labor.
    Couldn’t do this today.
    One faction would complain about environmental laws.
    Another would argue about labor laws.
    The labor unions would extend the time to accomplish the feat.
    Then the diversity police wound demand a certain number of races and genders be on the project.
    And the permits needed to get the project done.
    Then the money needed to grease the politicians and inspector’so palms.
    Yeah, could not be done today.

  2. jjf says:

    And yet if Trump tweeted today that he heard that some smart people are saying that the ‘rona can be cured by digging holes, by evening we’d have people digging holes, memes about holes, hats with holes as political fashion statements, social media fights about holes and whether the hole is the empty part or the walls of the hole and then sub-arguments about whether it’s the absence of dirt or the presence of the extra dirt or just the physical effort involved that cures the ‘rona.

    Are you gaining any insight into how they dug those holes?

  3. Le Roi du Nord says:

    And the alternative scenario, if the project were built by the Turnip Organization:

    Acquisition of real estate and construction would have been funded with loans from overseas banks beholden to the Turnip family.  Bribes to regional planners, permitting agencies, and inspectors would be a part of the financing package.  Non-union labor, mostly smaller firms desperate to make a name for themselves, would have been hired to do the work.  Cash flow problems slow down the work, resulting in numerous delays, use of substandard materials and techniques, constant change orders, and posing safety and health issues for contractors and future clients.   One of the proposed future occupants, an on-line educational institution(Turnip U.),  is sued by students for failure to provide even a minimum of what they promised.  Another occupant, the Turnip Foundation (a non-profit charity), is found to be scamming donations for personal use and tax purposes.  Once the project was completed, contractors were paid pennies on the dollar for their work.  Law suits and counter suits are filed, and remain in litigation for years. The owner files for bankruptcy numerous times, but remains tied to the shafts through a branding agreement.  Years later, when the family patriarch is elected (by a minority of the voters) to king, the family profits by requiring that visiting dignitaries stay at the Turnip Shafts facility . Overthrown by a revolt of his own hand picked knights (the best and brightest), King Turnip I is exiled to one of his other properties in the far south of the land,  spending the rest of his days complaining about how unfair he was treated throughout his life, and feasting in overdone beef doused in ketchup.

  4. jjf says:

    Le Roi, it’s like their blinders are so tight, they don’t see the graft, grift and corruption in the Trump administration.

  5. Le Roi du Nord says:

    “Those that cannot learn from hustory are doomed to repeat it.“

    King Turnip I

  6. Mar says:

    Pathological Liar Le Roi lies again.
    “I don’t hate anyone”
    Can you just see the love Lying Le Roi has for President Trump.

  7. Le Roi du Nord says:

    Where is your sense of humor, mar?  Or has all that out of date ice beer numbed your funny bone?

    And no, I don’t hate anyone, not even you. I pity you, but I don’t hate you.

  8. Mar says:

    If that was supposed to be humor, don’t quit your day job.
    Oh wait, you already did.

  9. Le Roi du Nord says:

    mar:

    I retired from a previous career, but I have plenty of work, more than I really care to do.  But when your expertise is in demand you do what needs to be done.  And no, I don’t hate you, or anyone else.

  10. dad29 says:

    Somebody’s trying to make up the $6K that Walker stole from him.

    Uh-huh.

  11. MjM says:

    Nazi Nort preens : “ But when your expertise is in demand ….”

    … you work for Winston Rothschild.

  12. Mar says:

    Now, MjM, that is humorous.

  13. Le Roi du Nord says:

    Nope, Winston operates out of Canada.  But I am a member of the Possum Lodge, and have several conversations with Red Green.  Great guy.

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