Even today, Stonehenge, the miraculous monument in England, is a mystery to visitors and archaeologists alike. Many theories surround this super stone circle regarding its purpose, how it was constructed, and what significance there is in the specific arrangement of stones.
While we were anxious to hear what experts have concluded about this unique prehistoric monument, none of that really mattered when Larry and I stood in front of this most marvelous of human creations. Stonehenge is truly awe inspiring and inspirational all by itself. But it is even more so, when contemplating the time, courage, skill, and labor that went into its creation.
Located in Salisbury Plain, about eight miles north of Salisbury, England, Stonehenge was built in six stages between 3000 and 1520 BC, during the transition from the Neolithic Period (New Stone Age) to the Bronze Age. Along with a short history, I’m including photos from our recent visit, which I hope will encourage you to visit if you have the chance.
|Stonehenge is an inspirational place and worth a visit.|
Each year on June 21 (longest day of the year) the sun always rises over the Heel Stone at Stonehenge. The sun also always sets over the Heel Stone, a large sarsen stone which stands outside the main monument, on the shortest day of the year.
|Positioning of the rocks was carefully planned.|
The lighter bluestones weight about the same as two cars, and the upright sarsen stones are each as heavy as four elephants. Altogether the boulders would have been dragged or hauled from hundreds of miles away. Then there was shaping the stones—without the use of modern tools. And finally, lifting the enormous boulders to their standing position would have required engineering techniques not known at the time, especially since there are interlocking joints not seen in other prehistoric monuments.
|A probable method of transporting the huge rocks.|
Not just a bunch of rocks
|Sheep in the field next to Stonehenge|
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier