The Stonehenge bluestones were quarried and brought to Salisbury Plain from a village in Wales named Maenclochog – a name that means “bell stones” or “ringing stones.”
Now, a startling new report speculates that Stonehenge may have been a prehistoric center for ritual sounds.
Here are some of the ideas now being considered by experts from London’s Royal College of Art, as reported by Sarah Griffiths and Amanda Williams in the Daily Mail…
Stonehenge may have been built by Stone Age man as a prehistoric centre for rock music, a new study has claimed.
According to experts from London’s Royal College of Art, some of the stones sound like bells, drums, and gongs when they are ‘played’ – or hit with hammers.
Archaeologists, who have pondered why stone age man transported Bluestones 200 miles from Mynydd Y Preseli in Pembrokshire, South West Wales to Stonehenge, believe this discovery could hold the key.
The ‘sonic rocks’ could have been specifically picked because of their ‘acoustic energy’ which means they can make a variety of noises ranging from metallic to wooden sounding, in a number of notes.Research published today in the Journal of Time & Mind reveals the surprising new role for the Preseli Bluestones which make up the famous monument, and which were sourced from the Pembrokeshire landscape on and around the Carn Menyn ridge, on Mynydd Preseli, South-West Wales.
A significant percentage of the rocks on Carn Menyn produce metallic sounds – like bells, gongs or tin drums – when struck with small hammerstones. Such sonic or musical rocks are referred to as ‘ringing rocks’ or ‘lithophones’.
The Landscape & Perception project drew upon the comments of the early ‘rock gong’ pioneer, Bernard Fagg, a one-time curator of the Pitt Rivers Museum, in Oxford.
He suspected there were ringing rocks on or around Preseli and suggested that this was the reason why so many Neolithic monuments exist in the region – with the sounds making the landscape sacred to Stone Age people.
Stonehenge may be the top destination for travelers making their first visit to southwest of England, but even if the early morning private ceremony at Stonehenge were to be removed from the itinerary, the sacred sites tour of Britain recently announced by Body Mind Spirit Journeys would still be an experience of a lifetime. Billed as a “Journey through the mists of time from Avalon to Camelot”, the guided tour features sites associated with King Arthur and even Jesus, as the group will visit Glastonbury and Tintagel.
We predict one of the highlights will be the excursion to the Avebury stone circle. It has been said that comparing Stonehenge to Avebury is like comparing a country church to a cathedral. It is the largest stone circle in Europe, originally having nearly 100 stones, some of which weigh more than 40 tonnes — twice the size of the largest at Stonehenge. It is believed to have been built around 2600 B.C. and is one of 14 of Britain’s World Heritage Sites. You can click on the Avebury photo to the left to see a larger size image of some of the stones.
Much of Avebury was destroyed by Christian zealots. In the 17th century, John Aubrey campaigned for the site to be preserved. Today, visitors may roam freely among the stones, and — unlike at Stonehenge — touching them is not forbidden. It is more than the arrangement of the cyclopean stones that makes them unique. Many people believe human faces, animal shapes and other symbols were deliberately carved into them. Some are readily observable while others require specific angles of sunlight before they appear. Terence Meaden in his book “The Secret of the Avebury Stones” believes there are symbols representing female and male sexuality. He says that fertility, rebirth, and the eternal return of life after death are seen in the stones, as they also relate to the cycle of the sun and the return of the light at the winter solstice. Michael Dames, in his book “The Avebury Cycle,” says the henge is only one element of a larger monument to the Great Goddess, which also encompasses nearby Silbury Hill and West Kennet Long Barrow.
You can see more details about the June, 2012 tour by following this link to: spiritual UK tours.
A thorn tree in Glastonbury, England believed to be related to one planted by the uncle of Jesus, is showing signs of new growth after having been deliberately damaged. The tree, on Wearyall Hill, had its branches chopped off last year by a vandal. According to a new report by BBC News, the tree is showing signs of returning to life. A new green shoot was reportedly noticed emerging from the tree on the recent spring equinox.
Joseph of Arimathea, Jesus’ uncle, is said to have visited Glastonbury in 37 A.D. He placed his walking stick into the earth, where it took root and grew into the Holy Thorn tree, according to legend. He is also said to have buried the Holy Grail at the site in Glastonbury now known as Chalice Well.
There are actually several thorn trees in Glastonbury believed to have been started as cuttings from Joseph’s original tree. The trees blossom at Christmas time, and it is traditional for a sprig to decorate the holiday table of the Royal Family.
For the complete report on the Vandalized Holy Thorn showing signs of new life, please visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-somerset-12886489
Glastonbury is one of the featured destinations of a Body Mind Spirit Journeys women’s only tour to the southwest of England July 16 to 22, 2011, to be led by Koko Newport. Other highlights on the itinerary include Stonehenge, crop circles and London. For more information, please visit: http://bodymindspiritjourneys.com/england-july-16-to-22-2011.htmlread more