The Mysteries and Wonders of Stonehenge
Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most celebrated ancient monument in the United Kingdom; but what is Stonehenge? What was it used for? Who brought the stones to the “henge” that stands on Salisbury Plain? Was it an astronomical observatory? Was it a temple? The truth is that no-one really knows and we might never be able to find out.
One explanation is that Stonehenge was a death, fertility and rebirth ceremonial centre; however this has never been confirmed by experts and has puzzled archaeologists for centuries; many myths have been created during the years, including one that Stonehenge was built by aliens.
Credit: Daniel M Ramirez
Facts About Stonehenge
- It is a formation of 123 bluestones and sarsen that comprises a double ring of stones inside the henge.
- Stonehenge was built between 3,000 – 1,000 BC
- The stones were brought several hundred miles from Preseli in South Wales.
- Most of the stones weigh more than 4 tons.
- If there were brought by the Beaker people using boats and sledges; it was definitely a big achievement and a process that must have taken decades.
- The builders of Stonehenge were advanced mathematicians; as the structural engineering needed sophisticated geometrical understanding.
- More than thirty million hours of labour is the estimation of hours used for its construction; the technology of the Beaker people has been considered to arrive to this assessment.
- In order to avoid the deterioration and damages to the tones, the government decided in l978 to prohibit visitors from walking within the stone circle.
- It is one of the most famous sites in the world.
- It was some kind of calendar to the extra-terrestrial; the astonishing accuracy and mathematician knowledge was probably too advanced for the era when it was built.
- It is a portal into parallel worlds.
- It was created by aliens and contains a message that will be discovered by humans when our civilization is ready for it; this is one of the most popular legends among British people.
- It was used as a sacrificial temple.
- One myth tells the story of the devil buying magical stones and transporting them through the air to Salisbury Plain.
- Another legend says that Merlin (King Arthur kingdom) brought the stones from Ireland.
Credit: Daniel M Ramirez
Probably we will never be able to find a scientific explanation and who knows what other mysteries or answers the future will bring to us; the truth is that Stonehenge is certainly a statement of advanced knowledge from our ancestors and a testament of all time and all the world's wonders.
It opens every day; except for Christmas and Boxing Day – Opening and closing times varies according to the season.
There is an entry fee to see the stones.
Amesbury, SP4 7ES
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