Sunday, August 8, 2010

Timberhenge at Stonehenge

One of my favorite tourist destinations ever has been Stonehenge. I was fortunate enough to visit there twice. The second time my wife and I walked in from several kilometers away, which made a special impression of Stonehenge as part of the landscape.

Archaeometric studies have played an important part of Stonehenge-based research, including chronometric dating and the provenance of the megaliths. Some of this work is reported upon in the book Science and Stonehenge.

Recently,an outer circular ditch around Stonehenge was located using ground penetrating radar. The ditch, which had once been filled with poles, has been named timberhenge. One of the investigators was Wolfgang Neubauer from the University of Vienna. I had the pleasure to hear him give a public lecture this past Spring during my sabbatical stay in Munich. His well-illustrated and engaging talk, in a schoolhouse in a small town, drew about 300 people, which amazed me.  How nice to see people interested in their cultural heritage.

1 comment:

  1. "Recently, an outer circular ditch around Stonehenge was located using ground penetrating radar"

    No, this isn't what was found at all. The new find is 900m NW of Stonehenge.

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