Did Lightning Instigate Scottish Stone Circle?

Some of the Callanish stones, which sit atop the Isle of Lewis in Scotland (Chris Combe via Flickr under CC BY SA-2.0)

Health Editor’s Note: We have not seen this particular stone circle, but find them quite fascinating where ever we have found/visited one…..Carol

Massive Lightning Strike May Have Inspired This Scottish Stone Circle

by Katherine J. Wu/Smithsonianmag.com

When a searing flash of lightning crackles through the sky, some spectators marvel at its brilliance, while others duck for cover. A select few, however, may interpret the event as an act of God—and, subsequently, feel inspired to construct an elaborate circle of thousand-pound stones.

At least, that’s what a team of archaeologists now suspects is the case with Scotland’s Callanish (or Calanais) standing stones, a vaguely cross-shaped arrangement of enormous rocks cobbled together nearly 5,000 years ago. Towering above the grass-tufted soil of the Isle of Lewis, the stones’ origins and purpose have long puzzled researchers, several of whom have proposed controversial theories over the years.

The latest group to enter the fray, led by C. Richard Bates at the University of St. Andrews, has come forth with some stellar evidence—literally. As Dalya Alberge reports for the Guardian, a recent geophysical survey conducted near one of the Callanish stones has revealed a star-shaped pattern, forged by at least one massive lightning strike several thousand years ago, in the surrounding earth.

Using remote sensing techniques, the researchers mapped the underground landscape swaddling the stones. They were surprised to come across some unusual signatures around a single ….Read More:


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