Stonehenge – The Car Park Post Holes
The debate about astronomical alignments at Stonehenge has continually raged between the archaeologists and the scientists, the archaeologists often relying on their opinion that the sighting lines through the trilithons and other stones are too short to provide accurate markers of the sun and moon alignments claimed by the scientists.
In his book The Astronomical Significance of Stonehenge, C. A. Newham investigates the three car park post holes and concludes:
“These post holes are unique for several important reasons, in my opinion these can be regarded as the most positive astronomical discovery yet made at Stonehenge.”
The sighting lines from the station stones and heelstone to the post holes:
“align on sun and moon settings with an extreme accuracy made possible by their considerable distance”
“the direction of the alignments is positive and cannot be regarded as reversible”
English Heritage ran radio carbon datings on the post holes and concluded:
“all of these determinations fall into the eighth or late ninth-millennium BC. They cover a period of about one millennium and so it cannot be established whether these features, containing upright pine posts, were exactly contemporary and ever all stood together, but they are certainly Mesolithic”
And then continues:
“and not related to the main Monument.”
Personally I side with Newham, but no doubt the archaeologists will never abandon their beliefs that ancient man was ignorant and incapable of advanced scientific thought, and in depth solar and lunar alignments, particularly in the eighth millennium BC. One archaeologist put forward the explanation that the posts must have been totem poles, anything it seems to deny the best fit facts as described by Newham. I questioned a TV archaeology personality who also rejected the hypothesis that Stonehenge should be now considered to date some 4000 years earlier than currently thought.
The station stones were part of the earliest features of Stonehenge so their alignments to the post holes suggests that they are also of the same era. Perhaps advanced archaeological/scientific techniques will one day settle the argument.