Nearly a million individuals a year go to Stonehenge to wonder about the complex ancient landmark. But, is it possible that those enormous bluestones were simply the establishments of a colossal stage where admirers came to perform religious services?
That is the charming new hypothesis set forth by Julian Spalding, British art critic and former director of some of the UK’s leading museums, who say the truant stage would have made Stonehenge a sort of “mecca on stilts.”
“All the great raised altars of the past suggest that the people who built Stonehenge would never have performed celestial ceremonies on the lowly earth,” he told The Guardian, including that his hypothesis is “totally different” from any others set forward some time recently. “That would have been inconceivably offending to the immortal beings, for it would have cut them down from paradise to bite the dust and tread in the dung.”
Spalding trusts a round wooden stage sat on the landmark’s stones, which old individuals came to by ascending a slope or stairs, as he wrote in his new book ‘Realization’. The stage would have been made out of an external edge for travelers to stroll around and an inward one saved for ministers and sovereignty, he told The Huffington Post in an email.
Last September, archaeologists found the landmark once structured a full circle – subsequently the thought for the round stage.
Past examination proposed that huge wooden posts were situated up in the territory before the stones were raised. As Spalding said in the email, these posts may have been utilized to help erect the stage and stairway or inclines.
Spalding recognized that proposing the hypothesis without physical proof may be “a bit cheeky”. However he accentuated in the email that “nothing in the archaeological evidence contradicts my interpretation.”
Dr. Aubrey Burl, a British archaeologist thought to be a specialist on stone circles, told The Guardian that he thought it was worth investigating.
However others communicated doubt. As Dr. Timothy Darvill, professor of archaeology at Bournemouth University in England and one of the late excavators of Stonehenge wrote to The Huffington Post in an email:
“Some kind of superstructure for Stonehenge has been suggested many times over the last few decades, but all can be questioned on two key points. First, there is absolutely no evidence that the stones supported a timber platform or a roof of any kinds. And second, what exactly would people do up there? The stone structure we see today performs perfectly well in terms of structuring observations of the heavens at the summer and winter solstices and creating spaces for ceremonies and rituals around the use of the Bluestones.”