Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument.
It was built in several stages. First a ditch – or henge – was dug probably with deer antlers.
Then the smaller central ‘blue stones’ were erected about 3,000 BC. These stones have a bluish tinge when wet, weigh about 4 tons and are believed to have come from Wales about 140 miles away. There were about 80 ‘bluestones’of which 43still remain. There have been many different suggestions on how the stones were transported such a huge distance.
Several hundred years later the outer larger ‘sarsen’ stones were added. These weigh about 25 tons, are about 30 feet tall and are from Marlborough Downs about 20 miles away. There are about 50 of these stones still on the site but it is believed there were many many more originally.
The surviving upright of the central trilithon, the tallest stone at Stonehenge, can be seen in the first picture, with the tenon (locking knob)on the top. It’s fallen lintel, with mortices, lies in front of it.
Inside the circle it is estimated 100’s – if not thousands of bodies were cremated. When found that many of the bones had some injury it was felt that Stonehenge may have been more than a burial mound but also a place of healing.
It is estimated over 800,00 people visit Stonehenge every year. I found it enthralling and wish I could see it at Sunrise or Sunset at summer’s solstice and perhaps see it for maybe another of its uses that being of an astronomical calendar.
Stonehenge is closed Christmas Eve & Christmas day.
Other days opening times are:- 9.30am – 5.00pm
Boxing Day & New Year’s Day – 10am – 4pm.
Last Admission is 2 hours before closing times.
Admission Prices:- 16.50 sterling pounds per. adult, 15.00 pounds per. senior.
5.00 pounds parking – refundable at ticket booth, 3.00 pounds extra for audio guide.
Certainly well worth another visit.
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