Researchers Find More Women Buried At Stonehenge Than Men

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of 14 women, believed to be of elite status, buried at the iconic prehistoric monument of Stonehenge.

The remarkable discovery was announced in the latest publication of British Archaeology, and the findings suggest a gender-equal society thousands of years ago.

“The archaeology now shows that as far as the burials go, women were as prominent there as men. This contrasts with the earlier burial mounds, where men seem to be more prominent,” archaeologist Mike Pitts, who edits the publication, told Discovery News.

Christie Willis, a fellow researcher at the British site, told Discovery News the remains were those of 14 females and nine males.

Macehead & bone pins found in the #Stonehenge Aubrey Holes – on loan from @salisburymuseum

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The findings led the publication to declare that “Stonehenge was not just a man thing.”

“In almost every depiction of Stonehenge by artists and TV re-enactors we see lots of men, a man in charge, and few or no women,” Pitts said.

He believes that with the latest discovery, the view of Stonehenge may drastically change.

According to the publication, the Neolithic site is the country’s largest prehistoric cremation cemetery, and burials there were likely reserved for those of higher status.

Pitts said researchers used high-tech tools like CT scans to better piece together the cremated remains.

Researchers also found other items at the site, such as long, slender bones they believe were used as hairpins.

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Holy Crab! Fearless Australian Poses With Massive Coconut Crab

You’ve heard of king crabs, now meet the mighty coconut crab.

An Australian man fearlessly posed with one of the massive critters, going so far as to raise it up in the air, after stumbling upon a cluster of them on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean late last month.

“They look scary but are gentle giants, really. To get nipped by one you have to be pretty slow,” Mark Pierrot, who’s seen snapped in the photo along Dolly Beach, told The Huffington Post of his close encounter in an email.

Though the crabs, also known as robber crabs, may appear out of this world to many, they’re quite bountiful on the island thanks to them being a protected species, allowing them to live up to 70 years old, according to the island’s tourism association.

In the course of that lifespan they can grow up to 3 feet long — from leg to leg — making them the largest land-living arthropods in the world, according to British wildlife resource, Wildscreen Arkive.

“Some robber crabs you can pick up with one hand but this guy was pretty big so two hands (were) needed,” Pierrot said. “It was pretty heavy, more than 5 kg (11 pounds) I reckon.”

That’s not to say that they aren’t a force to be reckoned with.

The tree-climbers have pincers that are strong enough to crack open coconuts. They can also lift weights up to 62 pounds, according to Wildscreen Arkive.

They’ve even been blamed for carrying off the remains of legendary pilot Amelia Earhart after she vanished during a round-the-world flight in 1937. That eerie theory was suggested by researchers at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery in 2012.

Still, Pierrot — who grew up on Christmas Island — finds them anything but scary.

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In Bali, Bamboo Architecture Offers Model for a Sustainable Future

The living room of ‘Temple House’ a home constructed in the Green Village, a neighborhood on the island of Bali dedicated to building homes almost entirely out of bamboo. Photos by Ari Beser

BALI, Indonesia—How do you build a future out of grass? On the Indonesian island of Bali, one organization has set out to do just that. Ibuku, an architecture and furniture design firm based outside of Denpasar, Bali’s capital, is using Dendrocalamus asper bamboo—or petung in Balinese—to construct Green Village. I had the chance to visit this innovative new community while on leave from my Fulbright National Geographic Fellowship in Japan.

Green Village was inspired by the design of Green School, an eco friendly academy founded by John Hardy, the father of Elora Hardy, Ibuku’s founder and creative director. Ibu in Balinese means Mother, and ku means mine. Ibuku’s philosophy is similar to Green School’s desire to maintain a relationship with Mother Earth and the environment and delicate ecosystem that surrounds them.

According to a statement by Ibuku, “Bamboo is a flexible and tensile material with the strength equivalent to steel. We account for the flexibility in the engineering process and work to ensure our bamboo maintains its integrity over time. Bamboo is plentiful in river valleys throughout Asia, and the clumps regenerate each year. Bamboo is ready for use as a building material at age 3-5 years.”

While bamboo has been used worldwide in construction and craftsmanship for millennia, its structures don’t typically last long enough to be seen as a material worth permanence. Ibuku’s answer to this problem is a boron solution that suppresses glucose levels and renders it inedible for insects. According to Ibuku’s team, “If the bamboo is chosen well, treated properly, designed carefully and maintained, a bamboo house can last a lifetime. —> Read More

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