Found: Neolithic Spiderweb Stones in Denmark


Researchers found this 5,000-year-old stone on a Danish island.
Researchers found this 5,000-year-old stone on a Danish island.

From ancient Native Americans to the classical Greeks to today, spiders and their webs have long had symbolic and religious meaning. Now, archaeologists digging at a Neolithic site on Bornholm, Denmark’s easternmost island, have unearthed some mysterious 5,000-year-old stones engraved with what appear to be spiderwebs. But they may not have had anything to do with arachnids.

Their patterns are not vastly different than those on the roughly 300 “sun stones” found since the 1990s at the site of Vasagard, on the same island, which appears to have been a ceremonial center for Neolithic sun worship….

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