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Stonehenge-- what is it? Why was it built?


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What secrets do Stonehenge hold? Why was it built? When was it built? Is it an astronomical observatory? A place of worship? A burial site?

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Stonehenge-- what is it? Why was it built?

  2. 2. Basic Facts: Believed to have been constructed between 3,000 to 2,000 BC. The earthen bank and ditch surrounding it is dated to 3,100 BC. The stones are dated to 2,400 to 2,200 BC. The largest stones weigh 25 tons. It is thought the stones were brought from 20 miles away. Smaller stones, bluestones, weighing up to 4 tons, were brought from as far as 140 miles away.
  3. 3. Why was it built? No one really knows. Obviously, based on the effort it took to build, it was important. Most believe it was a Druid temple, but the stones predate the Druids.
  4. 4. Based on a factual analysis of its design, it seems to be a solar calendar to track the sun and moon and the seasons. Recent discoveries of bodies buried in the area, also make it possible it was an intricate burial site.
  5. 5. Interesting Facts About Stonehenge: 1. There were originally only two entrances to it. 2. There are 83 stones. 3. 56 Aubrey pits are inside of it; their purpose is unknown. 4. Charles Darwin concluded that earthworms were responsible for the stones sinking into the earth.
  6. 6. It is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage. It is on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
  7. 7. Of course, there are those who postulate other theories about the purpose of Stonehenge. What if it hides something?
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