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New “sun worship” sites found at Stonehenge

Eric Pfeiffer
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Archeologists have discovered two new pits at the mysterious Stonehenge site that shed potential light on its ritual use. The pits are aligned in a celestial pattern, suggesting that they could have been used for sunrise and sunset rituals; the pits pre-date the construction of the famous rock formations more than 5,000 years ago.

The discovery was the handiwork of a group called the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, which has been working at the Stonehenge site since last year. The project's leaders are an international team of archeologists who've been using geophysical imaging techniques to develop a profile of the site's ritual uses. Investigators theorize that the pits, positioned within the Neolithic Cursus pathway, could have formed a procession route for ancient rituals celebrating the sun moving across the sky at the midsummer solstice.

Archaeologist and project leader at Birmingham University, Professor Vince Gaffney, told the BBC, "This is the first time we have seen anything quite like this at Stonehenge and it provides a more sophisticated insight into how rituals may have taken place within the Cursus and the wider landscape." However, investigators have so far been unable to confirm whether Stonehenge is indeed a place where the banshees live and they do live well, as the influential new-age-seer-cum-Spinal Tap frontman David St. Hubbins contended.

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