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Concentric stone circles near rocks weighing more than a ton -- apparently aligned to mark solar events -- are believed to be part of a Paleo-Indian site in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Clarke County, Virginia, that an expert has dated to about 10,000 B.C. A line from a center rock, over a specific boundary rock, intersects the feature called Bears Den Rocks on the mountain. Standing on that center rock, looking northeast, a viewer can see the sun rise over Bears Den on the day of the summer solstice in June. Moving around the circle, another set of rocks points to Eagle Rock on the Blue Ridge, and also to sunrise on the day of the spring and fall equinox in March and September.

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Quick! Someone drive an ATV over it!

Freedumbzzzzz!

#1 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-05-12 11:22 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 9

In related news...

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#2 | Posted by Corky at 2014-05-12 11:25 AM | Reply | Flag:

It's interesting that astronomical observatories may have been constructed in the New World before the Old World. It's just more proof of the need to understand the skies in order to perfect the dawning art of agriculture.

#3 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-12 11:33 AM | Reply | Flag:

Chaco Canyon is older than Stonehenge and until recently was still accurate.

#4 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-05-12 11:52 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Oh boy! This land is under a conservatory so you know what that means!

"NAZI's"! Or is it "Benghazi"?

On another note, we have a federal confederate monument/graves here near the James River trail, no motorized vehicles are allowed in or around the site. I wonder if people would mind if I organized a ride over their graves. You know, in the name of government overreach and all that?

Frredumbbzzzzz!

#5 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2014-05-12 12:04 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

A friend of mine recently had a prescription miss filled by the pharmacy. Now would be a good time for everyone to check their medications and review any side effects.

#6 | Posted by visitor_ at 2014-05-12 12:12 PM | Reply | Flag:

Chaco Canyon is older than Stonehenge and until recently was still accurate.

Chaco Canyon is about 1,000 years old. Stonehenge is about 5,000 years old

en.wikipedia.org

en.wikipedia.org

#7 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-12 12:18 PM | Reply | Flag:

It's government owned land???

noez de be nazis!

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2014-05-12 01:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

All of these sites are marking equinox, which would be a crude calendar.

Here's a richer version of this story with more context:

Rock circles linked to ancient Indian site

.. William Gardiner of Catholic University excavated that site for several years. Indians camped on the east bank of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River and quarried jasper for tool making from bluffs on the west bank.

The Thunderbird site is dated to 10,000 B.C.

Hranicky's theory postulates that Paleoindians, searching for jasper for tool-making, followed the Shenandoah River from the Atlantic coastal areas some 12,000 years ago.

This coincides with the Younger Dryas period, when the climate turned abruptly colder and drier.

Jasper, Hranicky said, can't be "knapped" as easily in cold weather, so it would make sense for Indians traveling to find the stone to do so in the summer months.

An Indian "priest" would find it an advantage to know when summer offered the best work climate, marked by the summer solstice, and when the season was drawing to a close and cold weather was on the way (the fall equinox).

[continues]

#9 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-05-12 01:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

"This coincides with the Younger Dryas period, when the climate turned abruptly colder and drier."

Does this remind anyone of anything?

#10 | Posted by Visitor2 at 2014-05-12 01:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Chaco Canyon is older than Stonehenge and until recently was still accurate."
Chaco Canyon is about 1,000 years old. Stonehenge is about 5,000 years old
en.wikipedia.org
en.wikipedia.org
#7 | Posted by goatman at 2014-05-12 12:18 PM

This non-sited data seems even more accurate:

Stonehenge itself evolved in several construction phases spanning at least 1500 years. There is, however, evidence of large scale construction on and around the monument that perhaps extends the landscape's time frame to 6500 years.

It is widely assumed that Stonehenge once stood as a magnificent "complete" monument, although this cannot be proved as around half of the stones that should be present are missing, and many of the assumed stone sockets have never been found. Dating and understanding the various phases of activity is complicated by disturbance of the natural chalk by periglacial effects and animal burrowing, poor quality early excavation records, and a lack of accurate, scientifically verified dates.

Archaeologists have found four, or possibly five, large Mesolithic postholes (one may have been a natural tree throw), which date to around 8000 BC, beneath the modern tourist car-park nearby. These held pine posts around 0.75 metres (2 ft 6 in) in diameter which were erected and eventually rotted in situ. Three of the posts (and possibly four) were in an east-west alignment which may have had ritual significance; no parallels are known from Britain at the time but similar sites have been found in Scandinavia. At this time, Salisbury Plain was still wooded but four thousand years later, during the earlier Neolithic, a causewayed enclosure at Robin Hood's Ball and long barrow tombs were built in the surrounding landscape. In approximately 3500 BC a large cursus monument was built 700 metres (2,300 ft) north of the site as the first farmers began to clear the trees and exploit the area.

#11 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-05-12 01:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

You know that Chaco Canyon is much younger than Stonehenge since the Chacoans drove SUV's (per wikipedia).

-Climate change is thought to have led to the emigration of Chacoans and the eventual abandonment of the canyon, beginning with a fifty-year drought commencing in 1130.[7]

#12 | Posted by Huguenot at 2014-05-12 06:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

I wonder now if the Mormons (oops, LDS; whatevz) are going to now claim Joseph Smith was right all along (claiming there was ancient Israel civilization in America). Newsflash, LDS'ers: He was a con man, nothing more.

#13 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-05-12 07:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

He was a con man, nothing more.

Anyone promoting God for monetary gain is.

#14 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-05-12 07:30 PM | Reply | Flag:

I wonder now if the Mormons (oops, LDS; whatevz) are going to now claim Joseph Smith was right all along (claiming there was ancient Israel civilization in America).
#13 | Posted by e1g1 at 2014-05-12 07:28 PM

Why not? Some of them use Battlestar Galactica to vindicate their beliefs.

#15 | Posted by censored at 2014-05-12 09:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Yes, I've got the golden plates right here....aaaahhhh, the angel took them. Dammit."

#16 | Posted by Harry_Powell at 2014-05-12 11:38 PM | Reply | Flag:

You know that Chaco Canyon is much younger than Stonehenge since the Chacoans drove SUV's (per wikipedia).

-Climate change is thought to have led to the emigration of Chacoans and the eventual abandonment of the canyon, beginning with a fifty-year drought commencing in 1130.[7]

Why do you bother posting such stupid [...].

It isn't creative.

It isn't funny.

It certainly isn't insightful or adding anything to the conversation.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2014-05-13 03:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

I love Virginia. Freakin' Beautiful state. lush landscape. great people. HOWEVER, you go over 55 and you get pulled the F over....! ? ! I am talkin' 56!

by some guy in a Drill Sgt hat. F that. 55. what a joke.

SEE BELOW:

www.youtube.com

#18 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2014-05-13 06:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

You know that Chaco Canyon is much younger than Stonehenge since the Chacoans drove SUV's (per wikipedia).

-Climate change is thought to have led to the emigration of Chacoans and the eventual abandonment of the canyon, beginning with a fifty-year drought commencing in 1130.[7]

Why do you bother posting such stupid [...].

It isn't creative.

It isn't funny.

It certainly isn't insightful or adding anything to the conversation.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2014-05-13 03:39 AM | Reply | Flag:

~Better put some ice on that...

#19 | Posted by Huguenot at 2014-05-13 02:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

This is very interesting news. Chris White is a lucky guy (first reference to him had typo, "Christ"). He was building a medicine wheel because his intuition told him the place is special, and discovered the concentric stone circles at that time.
(JPW: the Absurdists are here to stay; it is a coping mechanism. don't sweat it.)

#20 | Posted by kenx at 2014-05-14 02:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

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