At 12:27 AM 3/27/2008 +0000, you wrote:
>> Will they be building the henge or just the stone circle which is not the
>Elaine, Stonehenge is known as such since the 11th century and is quite
>clearly related to the words "stone" and "hang"/"hinge" which would make
>the hanging/lintel stones the henge (which is the logical conclusion)
>It ought to be obvious that the archaeological use is clearly wrong
>because "Stonehenge" clearly has nothing to do with banks of ditches as
>it obviously relates to the stones!
>The suggestion that the monument clearly called Stonehenge for a
>millennium is not a henge" is absurd.
>Stonehenge is clearly the archetypal henge monument, not because it has
>ditches but because it has standing stones (probably with lintels). It
>is time the modern usage was brought back into line with the historical
>usage rather than trying as you imply to change the historically correct
>use of henge to somehow come into line with the modern abuse of the term.
My thoughts exactly, Mike, but you have expressed them much better than I
could have. The term henge, when used in this way does seem to have
originated with Stonehenge (hanging stones), and has been erroneously
applied to other banked enclosures.