Ginormous Stone Circles II: Making Sense of Stonehenge – British History

Fun time, folks: We explore the many nutty and less-nutty ways historians throughout the ages have looked at Stonehenge and tried to imagine what in the f*** it was for.

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Co-host: Andre Sólo

Time/place: Neolithic Britain, 3100 BCE

Dead idea: Building big-ass stone circles like Stonehenge

Steven J. Waller’s theory of Stonehenge as physically-immortalized acoustic interference patterns:

“Stonehenge” by Ylvis:

Main Sources

Blacket, W. S. (1883). Researches into the Lost History of America – Or the Zodiac Shown to Be an Old Terrestial Map in Which the Atlantic Isle is Delineated. London: Trubner and Co., Ludgate Hill.

Burl, A. (1979). Prehistoric Avebury. London: Yale University Press.

Burl, A. (1987). The Stonehenge People. London: J. M. Dent.

Castledon, R. (1987). The Stonehenge People: An Exploration of Life in Neolithic Britain, 4700-2000 BC. New York: Routledge and Kegan Paul, Ltd.

Diodorus Siculus. Bibliotheca Historica. Book II: 47:1-4

Geoffrey of Monmouth. Historia Regia Britannia. Book VIII: Ch. IX-XIII.

Stukeley, W. (1740). Stonehenge: A Temple Restor’d to the British Druids.

Wace, R. Roman de Brut.

Waller, S. J. (2011). “Stonehenge-like Auditory Illusion Evoked by Interference Pattern.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 130:2352.

Watkins, A. (1922). Early British Trackways: Moats, Mounds, Camps, and Sites. New York: Cosimo Books.


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