Smivs writes "The BBC are to fund a dig at
Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.
The two-week dig will try to establish, once and for all, some precise dating for the creation of the monument.
This article from
the BBC news website
explains how the dig will investigate the significance of the smaller bluestones that stand inside the giant sarsen pillars.
Researchers believe these rocks, brought all the way from Wales, hold the secret to the real purpose of Stonehenge as a place of healing.
The researchers leading the project are two of the UK's leading Stonehenge experts — Professor Tim Darvill, of the University of Bournemouth, and Professor Geoff Wainwright, of the Society of Antiquaries. They are convinced that the dominating feature on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire was akin to a "Neolithic Lourdes" — a place where people went on a pilgrimage to get cured.
Some of the evidence supporting this theory comes from the dead, as it seems a significant proportion of the newly discovered Neolithic remains show clear signs of skeletal trauma. Some had undergone operations to the skull, or had walked with a limp, or had broken bones. Modern techniques have established that many of these people had clearly travelled huge distances to get to south-west England, suggesting they were seeking supernatural help for their ills."