[Daily article] April 8: Withypool Stone Circle

Withypool Stone Circle is a Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age ring of
thirty small gritstones near the village of Withypool, in Exmoor in the
south-western English county of Somerset. It is one of many stone
circles built across Britain, Ireland and Brittany as part of a
megalithic tradition between 3300 and 900 BCE. Archaeologists speculate
that they may be prehistoric religious sites with supernatural
associations. Although many monuments were built on Exmoor during the
Bronze Age, only one other stone circle survives in this area, at
Porlock. The Withypool ring sits in an area of heathland on the south-
western slope of Withypool Hill. It is about 36.4 metres (119 feet 5
inches) in diameter. There may originally have been around 100 stones;
there are conspicuous gaps on the northern and western sides of the
monument. The site was rediscovered in 1898 and surveyed by the
archaeologist Harold St George Gray in 1905.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Forces of the Abbasid Caliphate decisively defeated those of the
Saffarid emir Ya’qub ibn Laith, forcing the latter to halt his advance
into Iraq.


War of the Austrian Succession: The Royal Navy captured the
Spanish ship of the line Princesa and mustered her into British service.


Otto and Elise Hampel were executed in Berlin for their
resistance activities against the Third Reich.


BOAC Flight 712 had an engine fire shortly after take-off from
London Heathrow, leading to the deaths of five people on board,
including flight attendant Jane Harrison, who was later awarded a
posthumous George Cross for heroism.


On board Soyuz TMA-12, Yi So-yeon became the first Korean
person, and second Asian woman, to go into space.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

(Christianity (Christology)) The state of the human nature of Jesus
Christ being entirely dependent on, and not existing independently of,
the divine nature of God as a whole (which is the hypostasis of the Holy
Trinity comprising God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy
Spirit), or individual persons of the Trinity such as the Father and the
Holy Spirit.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Only an idiot fights a war on two fronts. Only the heir to the
throne of the kingdom of idiots would fight a war on twelve fronts.
–J. Michael Straczynski

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