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Historian says Stonehenge 'botched job' by 'cowboy builders'

Historian Says 'Cowboy Builders' Responsible For Stonehenge

So here's a Stonehenge theory we haven't heard before: a historian claims "cowboy builders" are responsible for Stonehenge, and apparently, they might have left the job half-done.

Ronald Hutton is the man behind the theory. He's been called an expert on paganism. The Telegraph reports Hutton thinks the building of Stonehenge was "botched."

The Telegraph adds, "The building of stone circle on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, was a botched job by a group of people 'insane enough to want to try the experiment of working enormous stones as if they were wood.'"

Hutton spoke about his theory at the Daily Mail Chalke Valley History Festival. He said Stonehenge was as much a triumph as it was a disaster. "It is a triumph, he said, 'because the darned thing's still there and it's the most famous prehistoric monument in the entire world.'"

He explained he thought the job was left half-finished and the people building it were working under pressure, which is why they didn't fix things such as broken stones. In modern terms, a cowboy builder is a term for someone who does a crummy job and isn't really that committed to the project.

But Hutton's theory is far from the first. If cowboys just don't suit your fancy, there are a few other possibilities to choose from.

National Geographic states, "Stonehenge is the work of ancient Britons, a primitive and little-known people." Nova reports, "Perhaps one royal family marshaled the power to create Stonehenge, and across the British Isles, other families or clans built their own stone circles."

For whomever built the massive structure 5,000 years ago, it was certainly a feat -- with or without cowboys.

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James June 29 2014 at 6:18 AM

I wonder how long I would enjoy a job where you get paid to speculate and don't have to support your ideas with anything substantive. Do you find it rewarding, Mr. Hutton?

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BANDIT BILL June 29 2014 at 10:30 AM

Kinda like Barack presidency "a botched job."

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eulerckt June 29 2014 at 10:40 AM

NOT the most famous monument in the prehistoric world. I'd give that to the pyramids.
'Cowboy' builders...I'm offended. Cowboys were hard working experts at their trade...herding/caring for livestock. Should I sue?
'...like they were wood...' I think our prehistoric ancestors were a lot more capable than some of us give them credit for. After all...intelligence/common sense/ability DID exist long before Hutton popped out of mommie.

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Rich June 29 2014 at 11:50 AM

Don't blame cowboys, it was a rock band that did it.

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James Rich June 29 2014 at 12:47 PM

LOL - I think I love you!

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foxx1952 June 29 2014 at 1:16 PM

Well your wrong Bud , Stonehenge was not a botched job , You will find there are lots of ones just like this one all over the world , They are landing pads for alien space craft ,Check them all for radiation I bet its all over them .There was no Ark Just a lot of big space crafts .There out there , ..lol.

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onemadashell foxx1952 June 29 2014 at 2:48 PM

and God is proof there are aliens.

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chuck June 29 2014 at 11:00 AM

i think the historian is the one that i boched up. i think he is just looking for attention.

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Odens Fist June 29 2014 at 2:23 PM

The Romans were responsible for some of the damage to it during the Roman purge of Druids in AD 61.
Time, wheather, and other issues are what made the Henge look like it is today.. GET A CLUE.

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GARY June 29 2014 at 2:04 PM

Impossible for man to move those heavy stones back then. Other forces at work here!!

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richard.ramos28 GARY June 29 2014 at 3:33 PM

They couldn't finish because they had to run. The Aliens were coming back.

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gramargo GARY June 29 2014 at 5:47 PM

That's what people said about Easter Island, too, but it was proved that it was possible to move those huge carved statues. So why not the Stonehenge rocks?

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Professor 6000 June 29 2014 at 4:22 PM

Careful here, another attempt at revisionist to rewrite history with clue words like "Cowboys" and Britons" .We all know who built Stonehenge; the same people who built the Pyramids and The Sphinx and we know they were not "Cowboys and Britons"

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Gary June 29 2014 at 12:32 PM

Who knows what it looked like in it's entirity? They will never solve what it looked like or its purpose. All one can do is speculate and offer up therorys. It is pretty much of all of our ancient ruins. Sorry folks they were all built for World Fairs..

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