German 'Stonehenge' opens to the public
One of the most important relics of the Bronze Age, an ancient site known as the German Stonehenge, has opened to the public after years of reconstruction.
|The so-called German Stonehenge is thought to be more than 4,300 years old [Credit: DW]|
The formation, known as the Stonehenge of Germany, is estimated to be around 4,300 years old and was discovered in 1999 in the forest near the banks of the Elbe River. Made of wood, the archaeological wonder has not withstood the test of time well and has since been entirely reconstructed at a cost of 2 million euros ($2.27 million).
|An archway at the entry to the Pömmelte Ringheiligtum [Credit: DW]|
The pre-historic site is presumed to have served as a power center to the elite. Carvings found in the wood that are thought to symbolize the cosmos suggest the area was of importance in religious ceremonies and perhaps played a significant role in offerings.
|Gravesites with ancient skeletons were also found nearby [Credit: DW]|
"This unique configuration of circles is at the level of Stonehenge," said Spietzer. "The only difference is that in Pömmelte, everything was made of wood and therefore bygone."
|The site was thought to have been used for religious ceremonies [Credit: DW]|
Author: Courtney Tenz | Source: Deutsche Welle [June 23, 2016]