THE TIMES: Ancients had measure of Stonehenge

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Release date: 21/12/2018

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In 1889 an archaeologist found three chalk cylinders in a child’s grave in Yorkshire. They were exquisite and also inexplicable. Along the sides was delicate latticework, along the top patterns of concentric circles.

Ever since they have been one of the most enigmatic artefacts of Stone Age Britain. What were the Folkton Drums for? Who used them? And why? Among Neolithic mysteries, perhaps only the construction of Stonehenge has provoked more speculation.

Which is appropriate, because archaeologists now suggest that the answer to one may lie in the other. They claim that the 4,000-year-old cylinders, presumed to be merely decorative, are actually a Stone Age tape measure — used to plan out the great stone circles built by our ancient ancestors.

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TitleAncients had measure of Stonehenge
Media name/outletThe Times
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date21/12/18
DescriptionIn 1889 an archaeologist found three chalk cylinders in a child’s grave in Yorkshire. They were exquisite and also inexplicable. Along the sides was delicate latticework, along the top patterns of concentric circles.

Ever since they have been one of the most enigmatic artefacts of Stone Age Britain. What were the Folkton Drums for? Who used them? And why? Among Neolithic mysteries, perhaps only the construction of Stonehenge has provoked more speculation.

Which is appropriate, because archaeologists now suggest that the answer to one may lie in the other. They claim that the 4,000-year-old cylinders, presumed to be merely decorative, are actually a Stone Age tape measure — used to plan out the great stone circles built by our ancient ancestors.
URLhttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ancients-had-measure-of-stonehenge-sks560n2g
PersonsAndrew Chamberlain

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