Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Sounds of Stonehenge

As in the sound of bells ringing.  A week ago (I'm a little behind at times), The Atlantic published an absolutely fascinating article exploring a new theory as to the purpose of Stonehenge.  The argument is that they're actually a collection of ringing stones, taken from a famous ringing stone hill in Wales, 200 miles away!  From the article:
Since the 1920s, archaeologists have known that the rocks which make up the inner circle of Stonehenge came from a set of hills in Wales—a set of hills nearly 200 miles from the site. In just the past decade, they’ve located what they believe to be the precise mining site of the stones.

Researchers at the Landscape and Perception Project at the Royal College of Art suggest a simpler idea. When struck, they say, stones from that part of Wales sound like a bell.
“The percentage of the rocks on the Carn Menyn ridge are ringing rocks, they ring just like a bell,” Paul Deveraux, an investigator with the project, told the BBC.  “In fact, we have had percussionists who have played proper percussion pieces off the rocks,” he added.
Great stuff, definitely check it out!