Stonehenge finds hint at rituals far more ancient than the stones

Scientists using the latest in modern boffinry to peel back the layers of time report that they have made important new discoveries at Stonehenge, hinting that the site was already a very ancient centre of ritual when the stones were erected more than 5,000 years ago.

In particular, archaeologists are excited by the discovery of two pits on the ancient Cursus pathway near Stonehenge. When viewed from the mysterious Heel Stone — which stands alone just outside the entrance to the henge proper — these pits are aligned with the positions of sunrise and sunset at the midsummer solstice, arguing that they played a role in celestially-based rituals. It’s thought that the pits may have held large standing stones, wooden poles or totems, or perhaps been used for ceremonial fires — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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