Found on Englands Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, Stonehenge is a huge man-made circle of standing stones. Built by our ancestors over many hundreds of years, its one of the worlds most famous prehistoric monuments… And one of its biggest mysteries, too!
Who built the Stonehenge and why?
One of the most popular beliefs was that Stonehenge was built by the Druids. These high priests of the Celts, constructed it for sacrificial ceremonies. It was John Aubrey, who first linked Stonehenge to the Druids.
How was Stonehenge created?
The first monument at Stonehenge was a circular earthwork enclosure, built in about 3000 BC. A ditch was dug with simple antler tools, and the chalk piled up to make an inner and an outer bank. Enormous sarsen stones and smaller bluestones were raised to form a unique monument.
Did humans build Stonehenge?
Constructed by one man without the help of modern technology, Leedskalnins masterpiece consists of numerous megalithic stones that weigh up to 30 tons each.
Is Stonehenge a natural feature?
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, two miles (3 km) west of Amesbury. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred tumuli (burial mounds).
Is Stonehenge one of the Seven Wonders of the World?
Stonehenge is one of the best known ancient wonders of the world. The 5,000 year old henge monument became a World Heritage Site in 1986. The stones have inspired many legends and folklore over the centuries as people try to explain the origins and function of the henge.