Was Stonehenge A Giant Musical Instrument?

I’m starting to wonder if maybe the ancients left stonehenge around just to mess with us.

Summer Solstice Sunrise over Stonehenge. Photo: Andrew Dunn (CC)

Summer Solstice Sunrise over Stonehenge. Photo: Andrew Dunn (CC)

Before dawn Saturday, thousands of revelers will again gather among the monoliths at Stonehenge to sing, bang drums and frolic beneath a solstice sunrise.

Theories surrounding the monument’s intended purpose — temple? observatory? big sundial? — go in and out of fashion. But this year, the partygoers will show up outside Salisbury, England, with fresh evidence that the site was always intended to host such shenanigans.

Specifically, making loud rock music.

Researchers from the Royal College of Art in London have found that some of the monument’s rocks possess unusual acoustic properties; when struck, they make a loud, clanging noise. Perhaps, they say, this explains why these particular rocks were chosen and hauled from nearly 200 miles away — a significant technical feat some 4,000 years ago.

Could it be that Stonehenge was actually a prehistoric glockenspiel?

via Older Than the Rolling Stones – NYTimes.com.

4 Comments on "Was Stonehenge A Giant Musical Instrument?"

  1. Chaos_Dynamics | Jun 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm |


  2. emperorreagan | Jun 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm |

    When I’m providing tech support at work, I sometimes think people do things just to fuck with me…so ancient civilizations doing that already fits my existing bias.

  3. This was already conclusively decided and proven that Stonehenge was an an instrument for astronomy and star tracking.

  4. AManCalledDa-da | Jun 20, 2014 at 10:46 pm |

    Let’s not forget that Stonehenge IS A RECONSTRUCTION that’s less than 75 years old. It used to be a bunch of rocks on the ground until the UK decided to stage a recreation. Stonehenge is all archeo-PR, with no context. Ignore it.

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