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Stonehenge - Mystique and Mystery

Stonehenge, one of the world's most iconic archaeological sites, is a prehistoric structure located on Salisbury Plain in England. This prehistoric monument has fascinated and puzzled researchers and visitors alike for years with its origins, significance and function. Stonehenge consists of massive stone blocks placed in a circular formation and is believed to have been built in several phases between 3000 and 2000 BC.

Stonehenge UK - photo Ingar Næss

Now we come from Bournemouth, which for us was a big disappointment, but if you're going to study, it's certainly good. They have a great beach and some good restaurants if you're looking for a little extra, but otherwise Eastbourne is preferable.

Stone Henge

As we had bought a 'membership card' when we visited Dover Castle, we decided to pop into this historic site, which saved us long queues. If you're going here, it's important to take the history with you, so I've read up a bit so you don't have to.

Brief summary of the story.

There are many theories as to why Stonehenge was built, but the exact purpose of the structure remains a mystery. Some scholars believe that it may have been used as an astronomical calendar, as the sun and moon rise and align with certain stones at certain times of the year. This may have been important to mark important times such as the solstice and the equinox, which was of great importance to the early agricultural societies.

Another theory is that Stonehenge had a religious or ceremonial function. Human remains have been found near the site and it is believed that it may have been used as a burial ground or a place for ritual ceremonies. It is also possible that it was seen as a place of healing, with people traveling from far and wide to gain health benefits from the structure's mystical powers.

The construction of Stonehenge was an impressive engineering feat for the time. The massive boulders that make up the inner ring weigh several tons each, and there is still some disagreement among experts as to how these massive rocks were transported and placed at the site. This has led to speculation about the use of pebbles, sleds and even clays made from wet wood to move the heavy stones.

Although much of Stonehenge's mystery remains unsolved, it remains a remarkable reminder of man's early history and ability to construct impressive structures with limited resources. The monument continues to attract visitors from all over the world, who come to admire its unique beauty and to speculate on its purpose. Stonehenge stands as a symbol of human curiosity and the eternal quest to understand our roots and our place in the cosmos.

After an hour we set our noses towards Bath. We are looking forward to this!



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