After spending a day around Salisbury and the Wiltshire area we eventually traveled to the amazing UNESCO world heritage site that is Stonehenge.
For centuries, archaeologists have been puzzled to what the actual purpose or meaning is behind Stonehenge’s many mysteries. The prehistoric monument is estimated to have taken over 1,500 years to erect, as you can see the monument has around 100 huge upright stones placed in a circular type layout.
Through the years, modern archaeologists and scholars came to an agreement that Stonehenge could have been a burial ground but are yet to determine what the other purposes for Stonehenge could have been.
What is interesting is how the stones are placed here, without big machinery and modern technology, which is great for someone visiting wondering with all these questions and theories.
There are two types of stones used for the construction of Stonehenge – the Sarsen stones (a sandstone) and the blue stones. The Sarsen stones were found easily and locally around the site but they weighed a massive 20-30 tonnes each, which form the outer ring.
Whereas the Blue stones which form the inner ring were sourced from wales, so a good 150 mile trip and it is unsure of how they transported the stones and why from such a distance would they have bothered, meaning there had to be some significance to these particular stones.
It has been suggested that dragging the blue stones would have taken over 100 years and they would have used a mixture of human and animal power to transport.
Most of the 1 million visitors that visit Stonehenge every year have a sense that the stones are untouched still, kept in their place but nearly every stone has been straightened, re erected and embedded into concrete between 1901-1964.
The restoration projects took place from the 1920s mainly to stop them falling and reposition them so that they stand the way they are meant to today.
Stonehenge is a Neolithic mystery with many different purposes. One of those purposes is that it was used as an astronomical observation device so it could help predict certain periods in the annual cycle when the earth, moon and stars gave out the highest energies.
It was also used for festivals where people would determine astronomical observations and it was used as a structure which was positioned based on certain geometry and it functioned as a place of gathering and concentrating the different energies of the site.
Our experience of Stonehenge was a wonderful and very hot day out. What I liked about Stonehenge was how easy it was to navigate, you are given lots of information about and with theories inside the museum before you start your trek towards the stones, and it gives you a good opportunity to see what kind of archaeological treasures they have found over the years as well as visiting their latest 150 year personal photo room.
This room is full of public photos that have been sent to them to show you from the last 150 years how people have viewed the stones and how technology, social history and fashion has changed, it is honestly such an interesting exhibition.
From the exhibition center you are free to wander the 2.6 mile round trip to the stones, which is led through carefully throughout paths towards a beautiful forest that will lead you right in front of the stones that stand proudly on top of the Salisbury plain.
Of course, if you aren’t up for a walk that day, you can jump on the buses that they have every 20 minutes or so, one tip is that with current guidelines you have to wear a mask to get on the bus, so just remember your mask.
Then once you are at the site, you are able to walk around the path that is layed out carefully, enough that you are able to get close enough for those fantastic photograph opportunities, and close enough that you can see the different shapes and how large they really are in real life.
Something that is beautiful about Stonehenge is that it open to interpretation, its how you feel what could have been all those years ago, or why they are there, it is a wonder of the world.
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