Last week I was so lucky to go to Stonehenge with my mom, daughter, sister, and niece. We had such a good time. The weather was perfect. I had been there once before, but it was so fun to see it with them. It’s so impressive and out in the middle of just farm land. It makes you wonder about these people so long ago and how they were able to do and build the things they did. For me it shows how much passion and love they put into things that meant something to them. We don’t know exactly what Stonehenge was used for, but it was clearly important to them to make it strong enough to still be standing after thousands of years. Stonehenge definitely deserves our respect.
Stonehenge is perhaps the most famous prehistoric monument in the world.
What and where is Stonehenge?
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles west of Amesbury and 8 miles north of Salisbury. It is one of the most famous sites in the world. Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set in ground. There are also several hundred burial mounds all around the surrounding area of Stonehenge. It is one of the most dense complex Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England.
Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, while another theory suggests that bluestones may have been raised at the site as early as 3000 BC.
The stones weigh between 2 and 4 tons each. The majority of them are believed to have been brought from the Preseli Hills, about 250 miles away in Wales. How they got there is only speculation, no one knows. You would expect to find other bluestones near the Stonehenge site, but no such bluestones have been found.
What is Bluestone?
The term “bluestone” in Britain is used in a loose sense to cover all of the “foreign” stones at Stonehenge.
If you have a chance to visit Stonehenge, you won’t be sorry. It truly is an inspiring and historical place. ‘
Just FYI this is how we got to Stonehenge…
Yes, that’s me driving, on the other side of the car, on the other side of the road. I didn’t want to say wrong side for my European friends.
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