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Even now I can picture those National Geographic programs with a helicopter filming the stones from an aerial view.
I can still see the dramatic lighting and hear the booming voice narrating the various theories as to why this world renowned site has been puzzling mankind for years.
We were finally going to see it for our very own eyes. An audioguide narrates the experience as you walk in a circle around the stones. Due to tourists years back attempting to chip off chunks of the stones themselves, now you can’t even get close to them.
So even at the site you’re a good distance away from the stones themselves.
Is it all hyped up and overrated in the media? Is it just a pile of old stones?
Yes, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth seeing.
The size and weight of the stones alone is remarkable and as you walk around listening to the various theories via the audio guide you can’t help but get into it.
This Neolithic and Bronze Age stone monument is considered one of the most archaeologically rich in Europe. Evidence shows that the area has been occupied since around 8000BC but most of the monuments were built in 3000 BC. The stones themselves were brought over from Wales around 2500 BC.
It still remains a mystery though, why the site itself was constructed.
Maybe it was used as a temple or site for religious rituals?
Perhaps it was used as a solar calendar to track the movement of the sun and the seasons?
Or was it an ancient burial ground and ceremonial complex?
The theories will continue and the mystery is unlikely to be solved any time soon.
To learn more about Stonehenge check out this video from the Ylvis guys (how could you not love these two?).