Conundrum 1 – A Circular Monument

(Book Extract…………………………. The Great Stonehenge Hoax)

Which could be called the Stonehenge ‘circular argument’?

The Problem

The traditional view of Stonehenge is of an entirely round monument with lintel stones completing the circle – but there is a massive problem with this theory (and it is ONLY a hypothesis – as nothing has ever been proven), for not all the expected stones holes are present, leading to some experts to suggest that the monument is, in fact, incomplete and was never finished. 

The Solution

The original references to Stonehenge were made by William Stukeley FRS, FRCP, FSA (7 November 1687 – 3 March 1765), an Anglican Clergyman and English Antiquarian who pioneered the archaeological investigation of the prehistoric monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury.  He was friends with Isaac Newton and was amongst Newton’s first biographers.  Stukeley was also involved with Freemasonry and instrumental in British scholarship’s acceptance of Charles Bertram’s forged ‘Description of Britain’.

‘Description of Britain’, also known by its Latin name De Situ Britanniae (“On the Situation of Britain”), was a literary forgery perpetrated by Charles Bertram on the historians of England.  It purported to be a 15th-century manuscript by the English monk Richard of Westminster, including information from a lost contemporary account of Britain by a Roman general (dux), new details of the Roman roads in Britain in the style of the Antonine Itinerary, and “an ancient map” as detailed as by Ptolemy. 

Stukeley's Stonehenge
Stukeley’s Vision of Stonehenge

Bertram disclosed the existence of the work through his correspondence with the antiquarian William Stukeley in 1748, provided him with a “copy”, which was made available, and published in Latin in 1757.  By this point, his Richard had become conflated with the historical Richard of Cirencester.  The text was treated as a legitimate and significant source of information on Roman Britain from the 1750s through the 19th century, when it was progressively debunked by John Hodgson, Karl Wex, B. B. Woodward, and J. E. B. Mayor.  Some tales from the forgery can still be found in peer-reviewed works of British history.

Despite Stukeley’s Anglican faith and church offices, he was obsessed with the idea of Druidism, and he will be remembered as “the greatest of the early forerunners of the discipline of archaeology” – the ‘Father of Archaeology’ for his habit of going out personally with teams of ‘navvies’ to examine, explore (and sadly destroy) many ancient sites in search of lost treasures.

Druids were Sun worshippers, according to the limited accounts which have survived.  Their name means ‘Knowing the Oak Tree’, and the oak was a Druidic symbol of the Sun.  The ‘mighty oak’ claim to be the king of the forest, which is difficult to dismiss and its strength is legendary.  Unfortunately, all their lore and history were committed to memory, never written down, but the symbolism and myths have survived to include reincarnation was at the centre of their ancient faith.

Round Solar Temple

There has been much speculation on the Druidic religion, but in the main, we have only Roman accounts, particularly that of Julius Caesar, on which to rely.  Every sign of this popular general’s attempt to translate Druidic gods and customs into his native Roman language would be surprising if a degree of adverse propaganda did not colour his account.

However, Caesar has no hesitation in equating the Druids’ Gods and Goddesses with the astrological gods of Rome.  It’s hard to doubt these accomplished priests, with their international connections, recognised the solar majesty worshipped throughout the ancient world with his family of planetary divinities.

Stukeley was attracted to Stonehenge as a Druid, and his excavations in and around the site found  Roman pottery and artefacts, which made him believe that the monument was first a Druid Temple that continued as a Roman Sun Temple.  The classic shape of a Sun Temple was round (like the Sun), and as three-quarters of Stonehenge survived in a rounded form with the rest of the site ‘robbed out’, therefore there was no problem for Stukeley to imagine the entire site was round and commissioned artists to create drawings of the monument as it would have looked when it was first constructed.

Round Temple to the sun

This observation of the monument was complemented as ‘The Avenue’ (a roadway with ditches on either side), he found was aligned towards the Midsummer Solstice – the longest day of the calendar year and therefore a druid festival. 

We can see why the ‘myth’ about Stonehenge being round started – but why does it continue today?

Stonehenge Remaining stones
Stonehenge remaining Stones

Some academics have commented upon the ‘incompleteness’ of the SW quadrant of the structure as it seems to lack the large uprights and lintels that other areas possess.  This is compounded as there has been a lack of excavations in this area.  

In dry summers, post hole ‘patches’ have been found on the unexcavated sections of Stonehenge that match the predicted missing stone holes, and as a consequence, most archaeologists have felt that to be was sufficient evidence to prove the monument was indeed complete and round as Stukeley first suggested – yet there is a standing stone which defies this belief.

Stone 11 is a strange standing stone that seems to have been in the position since the start of the monument – but is rarely spoken about by the archaeologists or the site experts.  For example, in English Heritage’s (EH) book “Stonehenge in its landscape.” cleal et al. (1995) – the equivalent to the bible on Stonehenge by EH, all they say about this unique stone is: “Unexcavated – standing, but possibly broken in antiquity, as it is considerably shorter than the other stones of the circle.”

The Stone 11 mystery
Stone Hole 13 is the same size as Stone 11

While it is indeed ‘shorter’ (it is half the size in height) – but moreover, less than 25- 30% the width of the other circle standing stones!  Now, we could accept that the top of a stone could have been broken off (but there are no others like that at Stonehenge – so consequently, it’s unique).  Moreover, how do you reduce the ‘width’ of a stone by 75% without leaving some signs of alteration like an enlarged base still in the ground?

Furthermore, stone hole 13 is again too small to take a full-sized Sarsen, but it may take a stone of Stone 11 proportions.  All the major standing stones of Stonehenge have huge foundation holes because they contain ‘ramps’ next to the stone holes, which were used to lever the stone in place due to their colossal weight.  Stone hole 13 showed that it did not have a ramp and was deeper than expected – either this was a ‘badly’ built stone hole, or it was never intended for a larger sarsen stone.

Consequently, the size of unaltered Stone 11 and the Stone hole 13 clearly proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the idea that Stonehenge was a circular monument ‘with lintels’ and standing stones of exact proportions are entirely fabricated and falsely reported by archaeologists…………………………………..

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