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Stonehenge has probably pulled ahead of Atlantis in the race to inspire the most speculation. The latest article, complete with audio files, demonstrates the acoustic properties of the bluestones which formed the first stone circle erected at the site. Do listen to at least some of the audio: I was wondering if they were exaggerating, but found these stones truly awe-inspiring chimes.
I have noticed that each story written about a new proposed use of Stonehenge claims, explicitly or not, to be the explanation for the stone circles. I don’t know if the seeming tendency to look for a singular explanation is an artifact of reporting and editing, but I am pretty sure that the megalith builders were very intelligent people. They could have had more than one purpose in mind at a time.
If a people are going to put that kind of energy into building something this complex, they are most likely going to put it to various uses. The celestial alignments speak of seasonal festivals; the archaeology hints at a healing center (a Neolithic Lourdes, so to speak); and the acoustics add the likelihood of making the whole plain ring with the prehistoric equivalent of Bach’s organ music.
I find it quite probable that the acoustics and the musical bluestones enhanced both seasonal rituals and healing work. Some stone-age Pythagoras probably figured out the details of what tones to use for what.
Did we lose all of their work in the mists of time, or was some of it carried far away to the Mediterranean, where it could have influenced traditions of which we still hear the echoes?
We don’t know. We don’t know for sure what their spiritual practices were, or anything about their mythology beyond the guess that it was an archetypal ancestor of ours, but we can say that their tech was impressive and imagine that their sensitivity was quite keen as well.