Archive for June 19th, 2009

Huge Pre-Stonehenge Complex Found via “Crop Circles”

Science, Sophistication of Ancestors, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 19 2009

James Owen in London
for National Geographic News

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June 15, 2009

Given away by strange, crop circle-like formations seen from the air, a huge prehistoric ceremonial complex discovered in southern England has taken archaeologists by surprise.

A thousand years older than nearby Stonehenge, the site includes the remains of wooden temples and two massive, 6,000-year-old tombs that are among “Britain’s first architecture,” according to archaeologist Helen Wickstead, leader of the Damerham Archaeology Project.

For such a site to have lain hidden for so long is “completely amazing,” said Wickstead, of Kingston University in London.

Archaeologist Joshua Pollard, who was not involved in the find, agreed. The discovery is “remarkable,” he said, given the decades of intense archaeological attention to the greater Stonehenge region.

“I think everybody assumed such monument complexes were known about or had already been discovered,” added Pollard, a co-leader of the Stonehenge Riverside Project, which is funded in part by the National Geographic Society. (The National Geographic Society owns National Geographic News.)

Six-Thousand-Year-Old Tombs

At the 500-acre (200-hectare) site, outlines of the structures were spotted “etched” into farmland near the village of Damerham, some 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Stonehenge (Damerham map).

(Related: “Stonehenge Settlement Found: Builders’ Homes, ‘Cult Houses.’”)

Discovered during a routine aerial survey by English Heritage, the U.K. government’s historic-preservation agency, the “crop circles” are the results of buried archaeological structures interfering with plant growth. True crop circles are vast designs created by flattening crops.

The central features are two great tombs topped by massive mounds—made shorter by centuries of plowing—called long barrows. The larger of the two tombs is 70 meters (230 feet) long.

Estimated at 6,000 years old, based on the dates of similar tombs around the United Kingdom, the long barrows are also the oldest elements of the complex.

Such oblong burial mounds are very rare finds, and are the country’s earliest known architectural form, Wickstead said. The last full-scale long barrow excavation was in the 1950s, she added.

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Online Publication:Tracking the Ancient Griffin, Modern Monsters and the “Extinct” Pterosaur Through Art, History and Science

Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
Jun 19 2009

This is an experimental media presentation for us here at We’ve got 600 pages of website and two movies. This is our first E-Publication. A “book” seemed like a better way to deliver what would have been a 30 page plus article on one website page.

This site does allow one to zoom in so its probably readable whatever your screen resolution. If you’re interested in this short “book” and don’t like the online version, send me an email at….

The Griffin: Mythological or Biological?
Griffins and Dragons Appear in the Art and History of Virtually All Cultures Through All Time
Griffin Depictions Are Consistent Through At Least 3,000 Years of Human History
Thousands of Modern Eyewitnesses Descriptions Match that of Ancient Monsters
Did Pterosaurs Really Go Extinct 45 Million Years Ago?

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