Stonehenge "talking" as more sounds from ancient and replica site beckon visitors

Visitors to the West coast - who missed out on traveling to England to see the original - can still experience “Stonehenge” in all its glory and noise at the replica in Maryhill, Washington.

Those who visit the Stonehenge replica in Maryhill, Washington – at the border with Oregon – report hearing “strange sounds;” while British scientists think both this replica and the real Stonehenge in England are linked. The Maryhill “Stonehenge” is located (when driving from Portland) at Exit 104 off of I-84 to Route 14 West near the Columbia River Gorge at in Goldendale, Washington at 45°41′8″N 120°49′2″W. “It’s not easy to find, but it’s so cool to see it – Stonehenge,” said one regular Portland visitor who said “we like to party at the fake Stonehenge.” In turn, the Maryhill Stonehenge was first built in the 1920s as a monument to the World War I dead from this region. However, an April 27 msnbc.com report explains how British researchers recently conducted experiments at this fake Stonehenge to compare its “sounds” to the actual 5,000 year-old monument in England. The goal was “to determine how sounds echoed within the ancient circle of stones; and they found that the sounds would have taken on an eerie reverberation.”

Stonehenge old and new offers strange mellifluous sounds

Those Portland, Oregon, visitors to this Stonehenge replica have commonly referred to as “Stony” with the youth crowd here in the Pacific Northwest saying: “We’ve always known something’s up” when describing how this Stonehenge replica in Maryhill “sometimes sounds like a crowded tunnel,” and at other times “it hums overhead.”

In turn, the Stonehenge replica is a popular teen attraction in the Pacific Northwest with numerous websites at high schools and colleges in the region offering lots of comments, and updates on "events" at the site; with directions to this somewhat remote area along the Washington and Oregon border.

As for strange sounds coming from this Stonehenge replica, British scientists say they're not surprised.

"We can expect such a space to have a striking effect on someone of that time, identical to what we feel nowadays when we go into a church," the University of Salford's Bruno Fazenda, who orchestrated the research project, told me in an email.

The study, featured on MSNBC TV April 27, also described how both Stonehenge’s have emitted “uncontrolled sounds” for various reasons based on the University of Salford’s “technical analysis.”

Also, msnbc.com referenced a news release issued last week by this British university that explained how “the Neolithic people who gathered inside the circle could well have had a religious aural experience. That meshes with the view of most archaeologists that the monument on England's Salisbury Plain took on the trappings of a place of healing.”

Stonehenge sounds not easy to detect

Also, British scientists explained how “it's not easy to reconstruct the sounds of ancient Stonehenge: For one thing, many of the standing stones are missing from what was thought to be their original places, ruining the acoustic arrangement. For another thing, researchers are not allowed to run electrical power out to the site, or bring in a generator. That limits the types of sound equipment and scientific instruments that can be used on site.

In addition, Professor Bruno Fazenda and his colleagues from the University of Huddersfield and the University of Bristol “found a couple of clever solutions to those challenges. They brought air-filled balloons to the Stonehenge site in 2009, then popped the balloons with a needle and recorded the reverb with a microphone and a digital field recorder. The reflected sounds of the pops were hard to make out, but they appeared to follow a pattern of 1-second reverberation time at midfrequencies, for locations that were within the ruins of the stone circle,” added the msnbc.com report.

At the same time, the replica of Stonehenge near the Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, Washington – that features a full-scale concrete replica of Stonehenge on its grounds – was explained to the British visitors “as a monument was built by millionaire industrialist Samuel Hill as a tribute to fallen World War I servicemen. The museum let the researchers make their measurements with more sensitive instruments, powered by on-site generators. The same balloon-popping technique was used, and the readings confirmed the reverberation pattern that the team found at the real Stonehenge.”

In turn, MSNBC TV featured a video “that illustrates acoustic effects at Stonehenge. The Maryhill Museum's concrete replica of Stonehenge is acoustically stimulated by a loudspeaker playing simple short bass drum beats at the resonant frequency of the space, in time to echoes heard there. This sets up resonance in the space, or standing waves.”

British Scientists try and explain burr of sounds

"For an outdoor space, the stone circle exhibits quite a 'live' acoustic environment," Professor Fazenda said in the msnbc.com report. "In the Neolithic, such an environment was not very common at all. The only spaces that might sustain reverberation were caves and perhaps some natural features such as opposing cliff faces."

Professor Fazenda also said the echo effect would be much more like what you hear in a cathedral than in a concert hall.

"The center of the space has potential for some focusing effects," he said. "That's the point where all reflections arrive at the same time, and with the largest gap relative to direct sound. On paper we would expect that to sound striking. However, there are quite a lot of scattering effects from the stones, so the clear echoes are somewhat destroyed by it."

He also stressed in the msnbc.com report “that it's not at all clear whether Stonehenge was designed with the acoustics in mind, but he and his colleagues do think that the setting would have added a special something to drumbeats, chants or music inside the stone circle.”

"The original focus was on studying the acoustic response of the space," Professor Fazenda added. "The recent output has been that we replicated it using wavefield synthesis, which immerses you in a sound field, thus giving you the most approximate aural experience that you could get of being in the space. That was shown at a few recent events, and we have a permanent demo in our labs here at Salford. A wavefield synthesis system uses +64 channels and speakers, so it is not really portable."

The MSNBC TV report also noted how “such a system can be tuned to provide a virtual-reality sense of the sounds of Stonehenge, as well as the sounds of other ancient settings that are no longer configured the way they were in their heyday.”

Stonehenge pits discovery points to ancient astronauts command center

Although they’ve been around for more than 5,000 years, a recent discovery of “two pits” at Stonehenge points to a possible “command center for ancient astronauts,” that’s now been linked to the “eerie reverberation” that British scientists have heard at both the Stonehenge replica in Washington State, and at the original near London.

While the news about “strange sounds,” at both Stonehenge’s was reported by msnbc.com on April 27, there was other breaking news out of England at the end of last November that points to “two uncovered pits to the east and west of Stonehenge that suggest the area around the 5,000-year-old circle of stones may have been a significant sacred site.”

In turn, experts think Stonehenge was possibly a “command center for ancient astronauts.”

For as long as there has been the written word in England, there’s been tales about the ancient standing stones at Stonehenge.

According to an overview about Stonehenge at the British Museum in London, “Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire; about eight miles north of the medieval town of Salisbury. It is considered to be one of the most famous sites in the world. The ancient site is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks. It is also the center of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, and includes nearly 300 ‘burial mounds.’”

British archaeologist think this iconic stone monument was built between some 3,000 years before Christ (B.C.) In turn, a 2008 research project by the British government point to “radiocarbon dating” that puts Stonehenge as “being erected somewhere between 2400-2200 B.C.

Stonehenge “pits” confirm early theory about “alien command center”

While ufologists in England are calling the discovery of two “pit areas” – that were hidden at the Stonehenge site for centuries – as a possible “command center” for alien spacecraft, traditional scientists say they’re just happy about the discovery. And, since it took literally thousands of years to sort out what British scientists currently know about Stonehenge, they’re not in any real hurry to speculate at this time, say officials at the British Museum in London.

“Researchers say they've found two pits to the east and west of Stonehenge that may have played a role in an ancient midsummer ceremony. The discovery suggests that the 5,000-year-old circle of stones we see today may represent just a few of the pieces in a larger geographical, astronomical and cultural puzzle,” reported msnbc.com Nov. 29.

The previously undetected pits could provide clues for solving the puzzle.

"These exciting finds indicate that even though Stonehenge was ultimately the most important monument in the landscape, it may at times not have been the only, or most important ritual focus, and the area of Stonehenge may have become significant as a sacred site at a much earlier date," said Vince Gaffney, an archaeology professor at the University of Birmingham.”

“The pits, which measure about 16 feet (5 meters wide) and at least 3 feet (1 meter) deep, have been covered over for centuries and can't easily be spotted on the ground. But they showed up in a survey that was conducted using non-invasive mapping techniques such as ground-penetrating radar and magnetometry. The survey is part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project, which was initiated last year with backing from the University of Birmingham's IBM Visual and Spatial Technology Center and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Vienna,” added the Nov. 29 msnbc.com report, that also noted how “the placement of the pits is intriguing: They were found on the eastern and western sides of the Cursus, a racetrack-style enclosure north of Stonehenge itself that spans 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers) from east to west and is up to 100 yards (meters) wide."

Also, from the perspective of an observer standing at the Heel Stone, a massive upright stone just outside Stonehenge's main circle, the sun would rise just above the eastern pit on the day of the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year. The same observer would see the sun set that evening in line with the western pit.”

Stonehenge: an ancient gathering place for aliens and others

Throughout the first and second century, ancient peoples would gather in what are now the recently discovered Stonehenge pits. This practice of a gathering of tribes at the Stonehenge pits later involved what was dubbed as “Neo-druids,” in the late 19th century.

“These modern Druids arrived at Stonehenge just as archaeologists were evicting the ancient Druids from the site,” states British Stonehenge historian Ronald Hutton.

In turn, Hutton notes in a history of Stonehenge at the British Museum how these “Neo-druidic groups” would make good use of the “megalithic monument for secret ceremonies tied to the “Ancient Order of Druids,” that many ufologists believe were hybrids from a “joining of the ancient ones and humans who lived in this part of England.”

During a now famous August 1905 meeting, in which the Ancient Order of Druids admitted 259 new members into their organization; with many of the members being Lords and other British Royals. While a history of this group points to the Druids and “hybrids” being ridiculed in the press, those who mocked them soon learned that these people and others dressed in white robes “were powerful,” state British newspaper reports from 1905.

Stonehenge: haunted by UFOs

Back in November of 2002, a report, now posted on stevequayle.com, and translated by Maria Gousseva – titled “Stonehenge: Haunted by UFOs – caught the attention of UFO watchers in England because it was part of the 8,500 British government’s once top secret UFO documents that were released to the public back in March of this year.

In turn, a link to this story about the ancient Stonehenge site being “haunted by UFOs,” pointed to a sort of “headquarters” or “ground control” operation carried out by “ancient astronauts” or aliens in and around the new Stonehenge “pits” that have been unearthed now at the end of November 2011.

“The majority of Englishmen know the Salisbury Valley because of the ancient Stonehenge monument. However very few people know that the ruins are haunted by UFOs,” states this report on stevequayle.com. “In August 1957, a war game was held between the London garrison and the Royal Guards from Liverpool in the mentioned valley. According to the battle’s conditions, the defending side (the London garrison) was equipped with five Centurion tanks. The tanks performed a defensive role: they maneuvered and fired at the center of the area. When the tanks were getting ready for the combat mission, the crew of one of the tanks reported that they saw a large, silver, cigar-shaped object; they reported that the tank was ready to open fire. After the report, no more information could be obtained about the tank, and none of its traces could be found. The tank simply disappeared.”

Really strange things occur around Stonehenge

For instance, the reported noted how “one Englishman decided to fly a kite near Stonehenge. He stood on the bed of his pickup, and the kite flew up and up towards the sky. Suddenly, when the kite flew above the cromlech’s edges, 150-200 yards from the car park, a strange unknown source of energy hurt the man’s hands. The man lost his conscience and fell down from his car. His wounds healed only after six months.”

There is another even more fantastic phenomenon, the report adds. “Once, a group of people heard some strange sounds from the direction of the stones. These people immediately left, but the strange sound went up into the sky with a buzzing. Then, these people saw something resembling a huge wheel of fire, turning as it flew up into the sky. Later, after they returned home, they saw a female figure dressed in yellow clothes. The woman’s hair was long, and her coiffure resembled an ancient Egyptian one. This even gave them the impression that they witnessed a struggle between good and the evil.”

One Czech artist says that levitation of sounds was used when Stonehenge was built; the levitation was caused by the strengths of sound and thought.

Moreover, an ufologist named Tony Wedd discovered a very important element of new discoveries: “he discovered a connection between ancient field lines of the area and UFOs. The cromlech area resembles an UFO when seen from the air. Circular embankments and ditches are an exterior rim of the UFO, the Aubrey holes are the illuminators, and the internal stone ring is the UFO’s cabin. The central stone resembles a prominent cabin, and the so-called blue stones are humanoids.”

Stonehenge comes under the control of the Queen of England

The report goes on to state that “although Stonehenge is owned by civilians (it belongs to the Royal family), it is surrounded by closed military zones. Glastonbury’s peace and quiet is not disturbed yet. Over Waminster, UFOs frequently follow a flight path from the east to west, from Stonehenge to Glastonbury. In this place, people have observed UFO landings, giants, sounds of invisible pedestrians, and even exotic space perfume left after a UFO flew away. However, this phenomenon isn’t new. Even John Aubrey in his notes in 1670 mentioned a strange ghost seen not far from Sprinchester. When the ghost was asked whether it was a good or an evil spirit, no response followed, and the creature disappeared, leaving an unusual smell and melodious chime after itself.”

Also, the recently released British government UFO documents point to an UFO sighting from 1968, “when a man named Arthur Shuttlewood saw an UFO close to a circle of fire that emerged from Stonehenge. When Shuttlewood decided to approach the strange object, it shot straight up. Late one evening in November 1977, blazing fires were seen. They moved across the sky in a line, and they could hover and suddenly change direction. At that, the fires didn’t move fluently like planes, by in a very energetic and sudden manner.”

In turn, the British UFO documents point to this UFO sighting by Shuttlewood as “something aircraft do when approaching a flightline, with “Stonehenge serving as a command post for these ancient astronauts.”

As for the Stonehenge replica in Maryhill, Washington, British scientists say “you can expect to hear more about the sounds of Stonehenge in the months and years ahead."

Image source of Stonehenge in all its glory at a replica in Maryhill, Washington, that’s recently been studied by British scientists trying to sort out the “strange sounds” that are coming from both this replica and the real one back in England. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryhill,_Washington