In archeological information, researchers have just lately unearthed proof to counsel that Stonehenge was initially in-built Wales, earlier than being taken and re-erected at its current website in Wiltshire. However what is a “henge” anyway?
Since “henge” was an previous English phrase for “dangle”, it is thought that the place title “Stonehenge” meant “the hanging stones”, ie the lintel items suspended throughout two columns. In 1932 the British archaeologist Sir Thomas Downing Kendrick proposed the again formation “henge” to explain any such neolithic monument in a round or oval earthen enclosure, together with Woodhenge, a website found in 1926 the place concentric rings of timber poles have been as soon as erected, for causes nonetheless unsure.
From then on the henge business adopted the time period for the standing stones at Avebury, the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney, and many others, whereas its students tweedily quarrelled over whether or not European websites corresponding to Goloring in Germany additionally deserved the title. Most peculiarly, nonetheless, it is now typically agreed that, since its ditch lies outdoors its perimeter mound, Stonehenge itself is not truly a correct henge. What certainly would the druids and “the little individuals of Stonehenge”, because the Spinal Faucet track has it, say to us if we informed them that?
• Steven Poole’s A Phrase for Each Day of the Yr is printed by Quercus.