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Experts Believe They’ve Finally Solved the Mystery of Stonehenge’s Cylinders

The mystery of the so-called Stonehenge Cylinders may have finally been solved.

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According to a recent study, the mysterious stone drums discovered in a child’s grave were supposedly used as an ancient measuring device that was used, thousands of years ago, to plan out the construction of one of Britain’s most iconic ancient monuments.

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The enigmatic stone drums have baffled experts for more than a hundred years.

The unique, 4,000-year-old Folkton drums are believed to have been crafted during the Neolithic period and were discovered by archaeologists in a child’s grave in 1889.

Folkton Drums displayed in the British Museum. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Folkton Drums displayed in the British Museum. Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Ever since they excavation, the enigmatic stone drums–covered in intricate carvings–have been studied by experts who have not managed to understand what their use was more than 4,000 years ago.

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Recent archaeological studies reveal that the enigmatic stone artifacts were utilized by Stonehenge’s builders as a standard measurement that allowed the planification of the stone circles some 5,000 years ago.

Meet the ‘Long Foot’
To understand what the objects were used for, Professor Mike Parker Pearson, from University College London, and Professor Andrew Chamberlain, from Manchester University calculated the stone drums’ circumference.
They discovered that by wrapping an ordinary string around the artifacts, they obtained a unit of measure.
After wrapping the stone drums’ with strings, all results came roughly to a multiple of 0.322 meters, which is just over one foot.
The researchers discovered that by wrapping a string around all of the cylinders a number of times, they obtained a measurement of 3.22 meters.
By wrapping a string seven times around the largest cylinder, the scientists found the measurement was ten long foot (3.22m).
Curiously, by wrapping it eight times around the medium-sized cylinder, or ten times around the smallest of the artifacts, they still obtained a unit of measure of ten long foot (3.22m).
Curiously, stone cylinder recovered from an archaeological site in Lavant believed to have been made by a differnet crfatsmen also fits the recently-found relation.
This is why researchers believe the stone +drums’ where used in antiquity as portable devices that helped the ancient define length, by wrapping strings around the cylinders, or even by rolling them.

“Think about the stones used in Stonehenge. Some came from far away,” Professor Chamberlain explained.

“I don’t think they were stupid enough to bring those stones all the way to the site, try them, and find they were too short.”

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Daily Mail
Source
British Journal for the History of Mathematics