Agriculture
Fast-flying fungal spores
Protecting Cows—and People—from a Deadly Disease
Cleaning Up Fish Farms
Amphibians
Frogs and Toads
Salamanders
Newts
Animals
Red Apes in Danger
Lives of a Mole Rat
Professor Ant
Behavior
Slumber by the numbers
Mice sense each other's fear
Swine flu goes global
Birds
Swifts
Cardinals
Swans
Chemistry and Materials
The hottest soup in New York
Mother-of-Pearl on Ice
The chemistry of sleeplessness
Computers
Hitting the redo button on evolution
A Light Delay
The Shape of the Internet
Dinosaurs and Fossils
From Mammoth to Modern Elephant
Feathered Fossils
Fingerprinting Fossils
E Learning Jamaica
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
E Learning in Jamaica WIN PRIZES and try our Fun Animated Games
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
Earth
Getting the dirt on carbon
Sky Dust Keeps Falling on Your Head
Deep History
Environment
Whale Watch
Flu river
Inspired by Nature
Finding the Past
A Volcano's Deadly Ash
Fakes in the museum
Stone Tablet May Solve Maya Mystery
Fish
Basking Sharks
Hagfish
A Grim Future for Some Killer Whales
Food and Nutrition
Eat Out, Eat Smart
A Pepper Part that Burns Fat
Healing Honey
GSAT English Rules
Capitalization Rules
Subject and Verb Agreement
Whoever vs. Whomever
GSAT Exam Preparation Jamaica
How are students placed after passing the GSAT exam
2014 GSAT Results for Jamaican Kids
Preparing for the GSAT Exam
GSAT Exams Jamaica Scholarships
GSAT Exam Preparation
GSAT Scholarship
Results of GSAT are in schools this week
GSAT Mathematics
GSAT Mathematics Quiz, Teaching Math, teaching anxiety
Prime Time for Cicadas
Play for Science
Human Body
Dreaming makes perfect
Hey batter, wake up!
A Sour Taste in Your Mouth
Invertebrates
Corals
Fleas
Cockroaches
Mammals
Deers
Antelope
Siamese Cats
Parents
What Not to Say to Emerging Readers
Children and Media
Choosing a Preschool: What to Consider
Physics
Thinner Air, Less Splatter
Einstein's Skateboard
Invisibility Ring
Plants
The algae invasion
Nature's Alphabet
Hungry bug seeks hot meal
Reptiles
Turtles
Lizards
Komodo Dragons
Space and Astronomy
Big Galaxy Swallows Little Galaxy
Icy Red Planet
Dark Galaxy
Technology and Engineering
A Clean Getaway
Shape Shifting
Supersuits for Superheroes
The Parts of Speech
What is a Noun
What is a Preposition?
Problems with Prepositions
Transportation
Reach for the Sky
Morphing a Wing to Save Fuel
Robots on the Road, Again
Weather
A Change in Climate
Arctic Melt
Science loses out when ice caps melt
Add your Article

Stonehenge Settlement

Stonehenge has mystified visitors for thousands of years. Somehow, about 4,600 years ago, people managed to haul humongous stones across southern England to a site on the Salisbury Plain. There, they erected a large circular structure. Some of the stones are more than 13 feet tall and weigh at least 25 tons. Scientists and historians have long wondered not only how people built Stonehenge, but also why. Now, recent discoveries offer some answers. Scientists from the University of Sheffield in England and their coworkers propose that the structure was part of a religious complex dedicated to the dead. The team has been excavating an ancient village called Durrington Walls, 2 miles downriver from Stonehenge. This site is an example of a henge, which means that it's surrounded by a ditch and a raised bank of earth. Previously, scientists working there had found evidence of dozens of hearths, marking where people lived and cooked. Searching stopped in 1967, however. The Sheffield team revived the effort in 2003. "We think we're looking at a village that was occupied by the builders of Stonehenge," says lead researcher Michael Parker Pearson. In September, the researchers dug up the remains of eight houses. Each house measured about 16 feet by 16 feet, with clay floors and a fireplace in the middle. Holes and slots in the floors revealed where furniture used to stand. Large numbers of animal bones and leftover cooking utensils suggest that the villagers held large feasts in the buildings. Analyses showed that the houses were about the same age as human remains found at Stonehenge. The houses at Durrington Walls sat next to a road made of stone, which researchers discovered in 2005. Measuring 90 feet wide and 560 feet long, the road ran between the River Avon and a circle of trees, which was most likely used for ceremonies. Two miles upstream, a similar road ran between the river and Stonehenge. Both the Durrington Walls road and the Stonehenge road were aligned with the position of sunrise or sunset on the longest day of the year, in June. And both a circle of trees at Durrington Walls and a set of three giant stones at Stonehenge frame the sunrise or sunset on the shortest day of the year, in December. Parker Pearson's team envisions the villagers celebrating life at Durrington Walls before carrying their dead to Stonehenge. There, they would have cremated and buried their loved ones. The massive stones symbolized the permanence of the afterlife and served as memorials to the dead. To confirm this theory, the scientists will need to find more evidence of graves and funeral rituals. They plan to keep looking for such evidence until at least 2010. -E. Sohn

Stonehenge Settlement
Stonehenge Settlement








Designed and Powered by HBJamaica.com™