Could Stonehenge Have Been Built With Balls?

Stonehenge. How the heck was it built? The latest theory, from a student, says since the Stone Age men didn't have the wheel, they could have built rails with wooden balls inside to transport the massive stone pieces.

Andrew Young, the student behind the new theory, started cooking up the idea when he saw carved stone balls near Neolithic stone circles. He said:

"I measured and weighed a number of these stone balls and realised that they are all precisely the same size-around 70 millimeters [3 inches]in diameter-which made me think they must have been made to be used in unison, rather than alone"

He further speculated that wooden balls could be used because they were easier to carve and were much lighter to transport.

When he tested this rail-and-balls set up, he found that he could move 220 pounds of concrete with just one finger. And with seven people pushing, they could move a four-ton load, as heavy as Stonehenge's smaller stones. As for the 45-ton bigger rocks, Young speculates that it could've been a combination of oxen and Stone Age strength.

An interesting theory, that with a little more work and testing, might be able to explain how those gigantic slabs of stone were transported miles upon miles. Ah balls, as integral to history as ever. [National Geographic]

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    Complete speculation, but what if they were balls themselves and carved at the location?

      i'd say archeoligists have thought of that already and checked the stonehedge site for rock fragments from carving. even if they had carted the fragments somewhere else, they would have missed a few, perfect for archeologists to find.

    The mystery isn't how Stonehenge could have been made but which of the many many possible engineering solutions was actually used.

    Where the demons dwell and the banshees live. And they do live well!

    But why would the UFOs use these balls instead of their solar powered engines? I don't get it.

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