Monolith Mystery of Stonehenge
September 3rd, 2020
Here it is … Stonehenge. This is an interesting post to write because what can I add? With so much speculation, this wonder of world history may be better left to the imagination. Will we ever really know the origin, purpose or meaning of this anomaly in the English countryside? Certainly, it was significant to life and culture at the time it was assembled between 3000 and 1600 B.C., but its story has been lost to time in a world intolerant of the unknown.
Each of Stonehenge’s sarsen stones weighs approximately 25 tons and stands 13 feet/4 meters tall. The stones came from Marlborough, roughly 20 miles/32 km away. The smaller bluestones likely came from much farther away at Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, about 155 miles/250 km from the site.
How and why Stonehenge was constructed remains a mystery. Theories exist of course, both of this world and out of this world — wizards, aliens, celestial influences, ceremony or burial (human bone has been found on the site), or maybe a purpose related to the summer and winter solstices.
Exciting recent discoveries tell us more about the acoustic qualities of the site, made while testing a small-scale model called “Stonehenge Lego.” According to researchers, sound and reverberation would have been amplified within the site based on the shape and position of the stones.
Sitting in the grass viewing Stonehenge from afar and from various perspectives makes for a thought provoking afternoon. There are few things in life that have not disappeared or been forgotten after 5,000 years — Stonehenge is one of them. Human creativity is another.
More tomorrow from London!
P.S. While you’re at Stonehenge, don’t miss seeing Salisbury Cathedral where you’ll also find one of only four copies of the Magna Carta, which dates back to 1215.
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