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Postby Beagle » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:48 am

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Postby Minimalist » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:51 am

Something is wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption, and the Ice Capades. Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed.

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Postby Beagle » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:58 am

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Postby Ishtar » Fri Jan 11, 2008 10:18 am

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Postby kbs2244 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:52 pm

There are a whole lot of standing stones, mounds (some square so they become “pyramids”) across the Channel in France.

http://www.archaeology.org/online/featu ... index.html

Then there is this:

Belfast Telegraph 16 July 2004
Archaeologists are finally in agreement that the Megalithic period in Ireland 'boomed' between the years 4200BC and 3500BC.
The date controversy over the Irish Megalithic period - most significantly characterised by the Carrowmore site in Sligo - was put to rest at an archaeology conference in Sligo.
The findings of the conference have just been released even though it took place two years ago.
The Carrowmore site has one of the largest concentrations of Megalithic tombs in Western Europe.
It pre-dates the Newgrange and Boyne complex and is older than the Egyptian pyramids.
Swedish Professor Goran Burenhult, who excavated the Carrowmore grave complex for more than 20 years, said that the conference papers gave the most complete picture available on the Megalithic period in Ireland and Western Europe.
During the Megalithic era, most of the giant stone monuments were built.
In the past, it was thought that the pyramid tombs of Egypt and the Middle East were earlier than the Megalithic tombs of Ireland.
However, excavations showed that Carrowmore was both earlier than the Newgrange and Boyne complex and the Egyptian pyramids.
"The early dates revealed by Carrowmore have been controversial," said Professor Burenhult. "But we now have agreement that 4200BC is the start of the Megalithic tradition in Ireland. So we have a chronology now."
The results of the conference, which was held in Sligo two years ago, have just been presented to the Institute of Technology, Sligo.
The Stones and Bones conference was a prelude to the establishment of the BSc in Applied Archaeology course. Professor Burenhult went to Sligo to make the presentation.
He wanted to discuss future links between IT Sligo's Applied Archaeology course and the archaeology course in the University of Gotland, where he is professor.
"There is much more to do at Carrowmore, many more questions to be answered. We have got very firm outline dates and now we can ask questions about the living society behind the tombs."
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Postby Ishtar » Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:24 pm

That's really interesting, KB.

I wonder, though, why it took them two years to reveal their findings.
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Postby Ishtar » Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:45 pm

Goodness, KB, I've just managed to join up my two brain cells and realised that my daughter, Lucy, and her family were actually on holiday in that area of France last year, and were so fascinated by the standing stones that they saw, they could talk of little else when they got back. Even my three-year-old granddaughter, Kaya, was impressed.

So here are some of their photos of them:

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Kaya's not looking so impressed in this one. I think she's wondering how soon she can reasonably ask when are they going to the ice cream shop?


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Postby Beagle » Fri Jan 11, 2008 2:47 pm

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Postby Ishtar » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:24 pm

Thanks Beags.

Here's some more:

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This is my son-in-law, Shane. To give you an idea of scale, he is over six foot in height.

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Kaya finally gets her ice cream!

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Postby Minimalist » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:34 pm

Looks like she would have enjoyed any that accidentally made it into her mouth!
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Postby Ishtar » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:40 pm

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Postby Beagle » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:42 pm

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Postby Ishtar » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:49 pm

Yes, that's where they were, Britanny.

I'd forgotten this one. Shane took this photo of a symbol carved on one of them:

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Postby Digit » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:59 pm

Megaliths seem always to be seen as European, in fact they seem almost world wide. Whether they arose independently of each other or not poses an interesting question.
First people deny a thing, then they belittle it, then they say it was known all along! Von Humboldt
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