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    Default 8,000 year old 'Stonehenge' found in Bulgaria

    This is extraordinarily old for a megalithic site. Stonehenge is only about 5,000 years old.



    The oldest temple of the Sun has been discovered in northwest Bulgaria, near the town of Vratsa, aged at more then 8000 years, the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) reported on December 15 2010.

    The Bulgarian 'Stonehenge' is hence about 3000 years older than its illustrious English counterpart. But unlike its more renowned English cousin, the Bulgarian sun temple was not on the surface, rather it was dug out from under tons of earth and is shaped in the form of a horse shoe, the report said.

    The temple was found near the village of Ohoden. According to archaeologists, the prehistoric people used the celestial facility to calculate the seasons and to determine the best times for sowing and harvest. The site was also used for rituals, offering gifts to the Sun for fertility as BNT reported.

    This area of Bulgaria was previously made famous because remnants of the oldest people who lived in this part of Europe were found.

    Archaeologists also found dozens of clay and stone disks in the area of the temple.

    "The semantics of the disks symbolise the disk of the Sun itself, which means that this is the earliest ever temple dedicated to the worship of the Sun God, discovered on our lands," archaeologist Georgi Ganetsovski told the BNT
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    Default Re: 8,000 year old 'Stonehenge' found in Bulgaria

    Wasn’t one of the guys buried near Stonehenge from the Alps area?

    There are hedges in France.
    (I don’t know the dating off the top of my head.)

    So the practice was working it’s way west?

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    Default Re: 8,000 year old 'Stonehenge' found in Bulgaria

    Not necessarily.

    We know they were practising rituals at and around Avebury from around 10,000 BCE. It's just that they probably used wood instead of stone (wood henges predated stone henges) ... hence, there's nothing there now, at Avebury, that dates that far back.
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