Henges – The Archaeology of Etymology (or vice versa).

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  1. I stumbled on this via your Prometheus review, which I stumbled on via BoingBoing today (Feb 9 2014). Thank you for a glimpse at this – and I’m sure you’re aware of ManhattanHenge – a very calculated borrowing by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, to name an event around a structure, and not the structure itself.

    And of course, Manhattan has more entrances and exits.

    So thanks for a tour through a little etymological eddy. I gotta get back to work now.

  2. Henry Rothwell says:

    Glad you enjoyed it – funny you should mention Manhattan Henge, Christian – http://digitaldigging.net/bluestonehenge-oval-round-digital-model/

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