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Stone circles have been found across the globe, in such geographically and culturally diverse places as West Africa, Egypt and the British Isles. However, completely unexpectedly, the remnant of a stone circle has been discovered in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Most surprisingly, luminescent dating, considered by many to be the most reliable form of dating, has identified a piece of human-manipulated jasper from the site as 10,470 years old. If confirmed, that evidence indicates that people were on the North American continent much earlier than previously believed. 

In a 7 1/2-minute news video report prepared for Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, a source for cutting-edge reporting on religion and society, archeo-astronomer Ed Krupp of the Griffith Observatory said confirmation of the site’s age would be novel “because I don’t know anything else that is that old” in North America. 

Property owner Chris White, of Cherokee descent, said the site’s complex concentric circle configuration has cosmic significance. “The circle of life — that we’re born … we have a youth, we get old, we die … but we believe that there’s something beyond that’s where our ancestors are, so that’s a circle.” 

Mr. White and his wife, Rene, of the North Carolina Lumbee Tribe, have started a church that meets under the trees near the stones. “When people come here they feel an incredible positive energy,” she observed. According to Dr. Krupp, the reasons ancient peoples made stone circles are diverse, but “the broad picture behind [it] is an attempt to integrate human behavior to the cosmos.... That’s really what sacred space is. That’s why we get geometry and astronomical alignment built into it.” Consider this report in juxtaposition to another REN news video on the common spiritual ground Tibetan Buddhists and Native Americans celebrate in contemporary Montana. You might also appreciate our feature article on building interfaith bonds.

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