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Stonehenge: Neolithic monument found near sacred site

Stonehenge: Neolithic monument found near sacred site

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Archaeologists have discovered a ring of prehistoric shafts, dug thousands of years ago near Stonehenge.Fieldwork has revealed evidence of a 1.2 mile (2km) wide circle of large shafts measuring more than 10m in diameter and 5m in depth.They surround the ancient settlement of Durrington Walls, two miles (3km) from Stonehenge.Tests suggest the ground works are Neolithic and were excavated more than 4,500 years ago.Experts believe the 20 or more shafts may have served as a boundary to a sacred area connected to the henge.A team of academics from the universities of St Andrews, Birmingham, Warwick, Glasgow and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David worked on the project. ...
Hawaii TMT: Desecrating sacred land or finding new frontiers?

Hawaii TMT: Desecrating sacred land or finding new frontiers?

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Rifts over a dormant volcano in Hawaii have resurfaced in recent days, pitting the state's culture and history against its ambitions.Plans for a powerful new telescope near the summit of the Mauna Kea volcano could bring in hundreds of jobs and boost science and the economy. But some native Hawaiians insist the site is sacred and that the long-planned construction should not go ahead.Last week, protesters blocked access to the building site on Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in the world when measured from its underwater base. At least 33 people were arrested, given citations and released.Hawaii's governor has issued an "emergency proclamation" that increases powers to break up the blockade but said he wanted to find a "peaceful ...