Stonehenge

In a sunny summer day we visited in Stonehenge, that wasn’t on 20-21 June. The stones atmosphere unforgettable. I taken pictures of them and I put it together for video below. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury Henge. It is a national legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage, while the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.

Sthonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stons set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age munuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. The Stonehenge that we see today is the final stage that was completed about 3500 years ago.

The First Stage, Stonehenge was a large earthwork of Henge, probalbly built around 3100 BC.

The Second Stage, the arrival of the Bluestones, this stage most dramatic of Stonehenge, around 2150 BC some 82 bluestones from south-west Wales were transported to the site, some weighing 4 tonnes each,this astonishing journey covers nearly 240 miles. These stones were set up in the centre to form an incomplete double cirle.

The third stage of Stonehenge, about 2000 BC, the arrival of the Sarsen stones, which were almost brought from near about 25 miles. The largest of the Sarsen stones transported to Stonehenge weigh 50 tonnes. These were arranged in an outer circle with a continuous run of lintels. Inside the circle, five trilithons were placed in a horseshoe arrangement, whose remains we can still see today.

The final stage took place soon after 1500 BC when the bluestones were rearranged in the horseshoe and circle that we see today. The original number of stones in the bluestone circle was probably around 60, these have long since been removed or broken up. Some remain only as stumps below ground level.

 

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7 thoughts on “Stonehenge

  1. when I was a kid you could climb on the stones. Really miss that level of closeness!

  2. Nice video. Been to Stonehenge once and past it several times. Not really got into the meaning of the monument, but I’m sure there is a good one. Love your message in your header about weight management. I so connect with that on a mission to get healthy and having lost just about 3 stone over the past few months.

  3. Interesting post, having lived in England all my life, Stonehenge is a place I have never visited…its on my list now!!!!

  4. I love Stonehenge and I’m lucky enough to live about 30 minutes drive away from the stones. I have driven past it many times and have even been during a summer solstice when I was able to have breakfast sitting on one of the stones!

  5. Hello Suzanne! I used to live right by Stonehenge so would see it every day on my way to and from work. It always amazed me how many people would be there no matter what the weather or time of year. They make an impressive monument on the local landscape. I can remember as a young child being able to climb all over the stones which was great fun, but it sounds like you still enjoyed your visit. If you’re ever in the area again, please do consider a visit to nearby Avebury. They have a circle of stones there and the remains of the avenue of stones that are believed once led to Stonehenge. You can wander freely around the stones there and touch them. It’s a really interesting place, and you can feel the power (or imagine it anyway) when it was used as a place of pagan worship for the Goddess and at Sabbat time (festivals during the year). I’m glad you enjoyed your visit, and thank you for the trip down memory lane for me 😀

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