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Dulce Fajardio
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« on: October 03, 2009, 02:24:36 am »

"Any one person who says they have the answer is being a bit over-confident,' he said.

'If you think that Stonehenge was created, used and modified over 1,400 years then it probably was used for many different things.'

Professor Geoffrey Wainwright, who found the source of the Stonehenge stones in Wales with Professor Darvill, said: 'This [new] henge is very important because it forms part of the picture of ceremonial monuments in the area and puts Stonehenge into context.

'It's no longer Stonehenge standing alone, but it has to be seen in context with the landscape.'

Lovers of prehistoric sites will have to wait until February before the full details of Bluehenge are published.

The creators of Stonehenge - who saw the Stone Age pass into the Bronze Age - were farmers who lived in small villages in huts made of wooden stakes and twigs, covered with a thick layer of clay and chalk.

Farming had been established for at least 1,000 years and the builders of Stonehenge were skilled at growing wheat and barley and keeping pigs and sheep.

Some experts believe they made cider and beer and ground wheat into flour to make bread and cakes.

But they were still forced to depend on wild fruit, peas, lentils, nuts and honey. Clothes were primitive leather coats and jackets, woollen leggings and simple shoes made of skins bound with twine.

No one knows what gods they worshipped, but the alignment of Stonehenge to the solstice shows that the Sun - and maybe the Moon - was important.
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