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    Archeological Breakthrough at Stonehenge
    History; Posted on: 2008-04-09 12:51:01 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
    The King of Stonehenge

    Archaeologists carrying out an excavation at Stonehenge say they have broken through to a layer that may finally explain why the site was built.

    The team has reached sockets that once held bluestones - smaller stones, most now missing or uprooted, which formed the site's original structure.

    The researchers believe that the bluestones could reveal that Stonehenge was once a place of healing.

    The dig is the first to take place at Stonehenge for more than 40 years.

    The team now needs to extract organic material from these holes to date when the stones first arrived.

    Professor Tim Darvill, of Bournemouth University, who is leading the work with Professor Geoff Wainwright, president of the Society of Antiquaries, said: "The first week has gone really well. We have broken through to these key features.

    "It is a slow process but at the moment everything is going exactly to plan."

    The two-week excavation is being funded by the BBC and filmed for a special Timewatch programme to be broadcast in the autumn.

    Professors Darvill and Wainwright say that finding out more about the history of the bluestones could be key to solving the mystery of why the 4,500-year-old landmark was erected.

    They believe that the bluestones, which were transported 250km (150 miles) from the Preseli Hills in Wales to the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, were brought to the site because the ancient people believed they had healing properties.

    The giant sarsen "goal posts", which came from about 20km (12 miles) away, were thought to have arrived much later.

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    News Source: bbc

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