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Folkton Drums: Measuring Device in Stone Age?

Folkton Drums: Measuring Device in Stone Age?

The archaeologists excavated a set of mysterious chalk stones dating back to 4,000 years ago. We now call them the Folkton drums. The archaeologists found them inside a barrow in the small village Folkton in East Yorkshire. These stones have become an unsolved mystery since the excavation.

Lately, the archaeologists have announced that Folkton stones might have been a measuring device in Stone Age. The ancient builders might have used them to measure.

The archaeologists have always pondered about the ways that people in Stone Age could erect the Stonehenge. Stonehenge is a series of famous prehistoric monuments now in England. It is also a controversial topic when it comes to the purposes of Stonehenge.

Theorized Purpose of Folkton drums

On a recent report, the scholars suggested that the unique Folkton drums with mysterious and intriguing carvings dated back to the Neolithic Period. Since the discovery of the Folkton drums in a child’s grave in 1889, scholars have failed to guess out what is the main purpose of Folkton stones.

Folkton drums were found inside a child's grave in 1889 by an amateur archaeologist
In 1889 by an amateur archaeologist excavated the Folkton drums dating back to 4,000 years ago in a child’s grave

Now, they are proud to inform that the mysterious stones were used to create the cords of standard measurement. This might have helped the ancient builders with congruence from the stone circles.

First, the archaeologists suspected the different perimeters of each stones. Three stones came in with different size. And they were right. Professor Mike Parker Pearson from University College London, wrapped a string around the stone only to find out similar result of 0.33meter roughly 1 foot. This way is allegedly used to create the circle with the same size at Stonehenge. This type of measurement was the Stone Age measurement standard.

Professor Andrew Chamberlain, from Manchester University, believed that the drums were a kind of portable means of measuring lengths. By wrapping the string seven times around the largest stone, he found it it reached precisely 10 feet (3.32m). Eight times around the medium one and ten times around the smallest will produce the length of 10 feet.

Both professors believed that other archaeologists could refuse their findings. But they firmly stated that the people in the Stone Age would not bring the stones all the way to the destined sites, they tried them, and they found the cords were too short. It is not persuasive at all.

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