The Asian Age

Ev­i­dence of com­plete Stone­henge cir­cle found

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London: The 4,000- year- old mys­tery about how the Stone­henge was built has been solved, thanks to a short hosepipe.

Stone­henge, an in­com­plete cir­cle, has been a mys­tery for ar­chae­ol­o­gists and his­to­ri­ans, who have won­dered whether the cir­cle was in­ten­tion­ally in­com­plete, but count­less high res­o­lu­tion geo­phys­i­cal sur­veys, sci­en­tific tech­niques such as geo­physics and ex­ca­va­tions failed to re­solve the mys­tery.

Ac­cord­ing to English Her­itage, the find­ing was “re­ally sig­nif­i­cant” and said if they had bought a longer hosepipe, the marks may never have been spot­ted. The parch marks in­di­cate stone holes that held up­right stones which com­pleted the cir­cle, ac­cord­ing to a study in the jour­nal An­tiq­uity. Now, the short hosepipe, used to wa­ter the World Her­itage site, that was un­able to reach the South­west side has solved the rid­dle just be­cause its lack of inches made the ground dry and re­vealed parched grass. The parch marks in the grass, in an area that had not been wa­tered, have re­vealed places where two “miss­ing” huge sarsen stones may once have stood and filled out the in­com­plete cir­cle. The marks were spot­ted in July 2013. The dried out ar­eas, thought to be “stone holes,” have an­swered the great mys­tery about the miss­ing stones.

( Com­piled from agen­cies)

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