The Mystery of Stonehenge

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 471
  • Published : December 4, 2005
Open Document
Text Preview
Stonehenge: More than just a few stones
In England stands one of the eight wonders of the world, Stonehenge. Visitors from all over come to see the remarkable mystery. Stonehenge is located in the open land of Salisbury Plain two miles west of the town Amesbury, Wiltshire, in Southern England. Theories about who built Stonehenge have included the Druids, Greeks, Phoenicians, or the Atlanteans (Stone). It consists of a series of structures that include stones, earth, and timber. The structure took over 1000 years to build (Scientists). I think the reason that Stonehenge was built was for religious burial reasons. During the Stone Age, Stonehenge appeared to become a fashionable place to be buried (Scientists). Burial mounds were found central to the landscape. The area may have been split into a Land of the Living, where ceremonial parties were held by relatives, and the Domain of the Dead, with Stonehenge at its Centre, where people were buried (Scientists).

Other beliefs as to why Stonehenge was constructed consist of ideas that the stones may have been used as an astronomical observatory (Scientists). Some believe that the alignment of the stones to the rising sun is associated with light. Some scientists argue this idea. Another accepted notion is due to the recent findings of scientists. They found remains of the workmen and they believe they were trusted in transporting the stones. Based on a chemical analysis of the skeletons' teeth the researchers know they were from Wales. It is believed these three men, one teenager and three children¬¬—¬¬¬all of whom were related—carried the stones from Wales to the Stonehenge site in Salisbury Plain in Wilshire, England (Great).

In Europe the Stone Age began about 2 million years ago. During the Stone Age many believe several inventions took place and mysteries were created. Among these mysteries is the one of the greatest, Stonehenge. I my belief that Stonehenge's main purpose is as a burial ground is due to...
tracking img