Topic ID #17770 - posted 4/19/2012 12:51 PM

Swedish 'Stonehenge' Spurs Debate



Jennifer Palmer

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    Swedish Stonehenge? Stone Structure Spurs Debate
    A series of 59 boulders placed at a seaside cliff in Sweden might represent Stonehenge's "sister" site.
    Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:11 AM ET Content provided by Crystal Gammon, LiveScience Contributor

Ancient Scandinavians dragged 59 boulders to a seaside cliff near what is now the Swedish fishing village of Kåseberga. They carefully arranged the massive stones -- each weighing up to 4,000 pounds (1,800 kilograms) -- in the outline of a 220-foot-long (67-meter) ship overlooking the Baltic Sea.

Archaeologists generally agree this megalithic structure, known as Ales Stenar ("Ale's Stones"), was assembled about 1,000 years ago, near the end of the Iron Age, as a burial monument. But a team of researchers now argues it's really 2,500 years old, dating from the Scandinavian Bronze Age, and was built as an astronomical calendar with the same underlying geometry as England's Stonehenge.


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