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Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:36 PM

Archaeologists Believe They Have Identified the Unlikely Secret Ingredient Used to Build Stonehenge:

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/archaeologists-stonehenge-lard-1600891

Archaeologists Believe They Have Identified the Unlikely Secret Ingredient Used to Build Stonehenge: Lard

A new study suggests that animal fat found at nearby Durrington Walls wasn't used in cooking, but in construction.

Sarah Cascone, July 15, 2019

The modern world had long marveled over the ancient site of Stonehenge, unable to figure out how prehistoric people erected the ring of monolithic standing stones. Now, archaeologists have finally solved the mystery of the Neolithic monument’s construction: the massive slabs may have been moved into place with the aid of lard.

Researchers have long known that shards of pottery found at nearby Durrington Walls have contained traces of pig fat. But now archaeologists from Newcastle University are arguing that the lard wasn’t be used in cooking, but was instead being stored in large buckets in order to create tallow, which was used as an aid for construction.

“I was interested in the exceptional level of preservation and high quantities of lipids—or fatty residues—we recovered from the pottery,” Lisa-Marie Shillito, senior lecturer in landscape archaeology at Newcastle University, told the Daily Mail. “The animal bones that have been excavated at the site show that many of the pigs were ‘spit roasted’ rather than chopped up as you would expect if they were being cooked in the pots.”
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diva77 Monday OP
Lochloosa Monday #1
diva77 Monday #9
Kaleva Monday #2
pbmus Monday #3
hatrack Monday #4
FailureToCommunicate Monday #6
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diva77 Monday #15
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UTUSN Monday #10
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volstork Monday #16
diva77 Tuesday #19
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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 07:47 PM

1. BACON FAT. The eighth wonder of the world.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #1)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:20 PM

9. Yes! Also, a good tip for those who need to

rearrange heavy furniture!

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:02 PM

2. So many pigs died so we'd have a bunch of rocks to look at.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:06 PM

3. OMG...

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 08:29 PM

4. Swinehenge?

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Response to hatrack (Reply #4)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:11 PM

6. Bacon Henge!

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Response to FailureToCommunicate (Reply #6)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:05 PM

13. BLT Henge !!!

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Response to trueblue2007 (Reply #13)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:21 PM

15. I don't think this quite qualifies

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Response to diva77 (Reply #15)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:48 PM

18. sure it does !! Ancient man built the BLT Wall. It was Errected in Chinia. The Great Wall of BLT !

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:02 PM

5. Maybe, but I had a copy of Thor Heyerdahl's "Aku Aku" where he explained how the Easter Island...

statues were built, and the topknots raised. Pictures, too, of present day Easter islanders building them using techniques passed down in oral history.

I imagine similar techniques could have been used on Stonehenge.

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:12 PM

7. Mmmm, lard

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:17 PM

8. Architect: Sir Francis Bacon

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:36 PM

10. I *knew* my humongous belly wasn't built in a day!1

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:39 PM

11. K&R

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 09:53 PM

12. Isn't it also the secret ingredient in Twinkie filling?

Rhetorical....

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Response to JDC (Reply #12)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:08 PM

14. and then there's this...



Twinkie-Henge!!!!

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Response to diva77 (Reply #14)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:32 PM

17. Lol. Is that an alien on the sacrificial alter Twinkie? Nice find

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Mon Aug 12, 2019, 10:23 PM

16. Those Brits know how to do it up right!

....or at least they build with lard.


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Response to volstork (Reply #16)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 01:19 AM

19. Is that for real?



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Response to diva77 (Reply #19)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 04:36 PM

20. Apparently so.

Though it DID come from the intertoobz, so you never know.

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Response to diva77 (Original post)

Tue Aug 13, 2019, 08:15 PM

21. Stonehenge is awesome AF.

Went there back in July and it was the highlight of my trip to London and Paris (mostly because of the 3 hours in the air conditioned bus from London).

Ok maybe that's hyperbole, but it's very cool to see and hear all the history of the henge (ditch), the burial mounds, the different stones and the paths they took to get there.

I even got a stone bead bracelet made of the bluestone that the inner ring of Stonehenge is made from and from the same quarry some 150 miles away. I've worn it every day since I returned.

So, lard? Yep, sounds right. There's nothing a little fat can't do.

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Response to NightWatcher (Reply #21)

Wed Aug 14, 2019, 03:22 AM

22. How exciting that you were there!!

I've never heard of the stone bead bracelets -- have you been bestowed with special powers as a result of wearing one?

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