New Stonehenge theory redefines site as 'mecca on stilts'

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New Stonehenge Theory Redefines Site As A 'Mecca On Stilts'


The theories surrounding Stonehenge are many, but according to one noted curator and critic, for the most part they have one significant flaw -– they're not looking up.

Says Julian Spalding, "The current theories about Stonehenge are based on looking across the ground, which is a modern, materialistic standpoint, not up to heaven, which was our ancient, mind-elevated perception."

It's his belief that the stone pieces that are typically regarded as being the main feature of the site served as nothing more than supports for a raised area of worship.

That wooden platform would have served as both an altar and a beacon for pilgrims traveling to it for worship purposes, operating much like a 'mecca on stilts.'

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US President Barack Obama tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. President Barack Obama said the new EU and US measures -- targeting Russia's defence, energy and financial sectors -- were needed to ensure 'follow-through' on the ceasefire, but said they could be lifted if the truce holds. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets locals as he tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets locals as he tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama tours Stonehenge in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England, September 5, 2014. Obama said Friday that EU and US sanctions against Russia would likely still be imposed despite a ceasefire in Ukraine, but could be lifted if it holds. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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Spalding points out that at the time Stonehenge was built ground-level worship would have been considered an insult to the divine, as it would have required that they lower themselves to the level of humans.

His theory, however, is a tough one to prove as it involves the existence of several wooden structures, which, unlike their stone counterparts, do not appear to have survived the last 4-and-a-half or so millennia.

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