Archaeology: The Eighth Wonder

Boston University Astronomy Professor Gerald Hawkins has a bone to pick with historians who list the seven wonders of the ancient world. It is not that they have picked the wrong wonders, only that their list is too short. Britain's Stonehenge, says the British-born scientist, is the eighth wonder—a remarkable achievement of primitive man. In a new book, Stonehenge Decoded (Doubleday; $5.95), he explains how he turned to a modern computer to unravel the 3,500-year-old mystery of Salisbury Plain. Stonehenge's long-kept secret, says Hawkins, is that its vast stone slabs and...

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