Feeds

STONEHENGE: Attack of the RAYGUN HISTORIANS

Hmm, just as we thought. No sign of aliens after all

Top three mobile application threats

Laser-toting historians have found that Stonehenge was architecturally rigged to show off the solstices.

Stonehenge from the north east

The UK government's adviser on the historic environment, English Heritage, used 3D laser scanning tech to analyse the pillars of Stonehenge, with results that back up the idea that the monument is all about the winter and summer solstices.

According to the scan, the stones were shaped and worked differently in different parts of the pattern. The stones on the outer sarsen circle, the ones you can see when approaching from the north east, have been completely "pick dressed". Stonehenge workers scrubbed them free of their brown and grey surface crust, leaving a bright, grey-white surface that would gleam in the midwinter sun.

Within the structure, the stones along the north-east and south-west axes, aligned with both the winter and the summer solstice, have been carefully worked to make straight narrow rectangular slots on the sides flanking the axis.

Other stones have more natural, less neat outlines, suggesting that the people who built Stonehenge weren't as bothered about them as the they were about the solstice stones.

"We didn't expect the results to be so revealing about the architecture of Stonehenge. It has given further scientific basis to the theory of the solstitial alignment and the importance of the approach to the monument from the Avenue in mid winter," Susan Greaney, senior properties historian at English Heritage, said.

"Analysis of the different techniques used to dress the stones may even help to refine the chronology of the construction." ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?
Recruiting now for charity starvation diet
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'
KILLER ROBOTS, DNA TAMPERING and PEEPING CYBORGS: the future looks bright!
Americans optimistic about technology despite being afraid of EVERYTHING
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.