Between a Fork in the Road
Trip Start Sep 07, 2010
60Trip End Aug 21, 2011
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What I noticed first though is that Stonehenge is honestly between the fork in the motorway (some kind of British highway), not at all completely in the middle of nowhere.
The land surrounding the stones for miles is littered with artifacts from prehistoric people. During the drive there, you could see burial mounds in people's farmland. Also, Stonehenge is not the only Stonehenge in England. In fact, there are quite a few others of significantly less fame, but that is because there are so many mysteries surrounding this particular set of stones
Somewhere around the same time as when the first stones were erected, the heelstone was put into place. After this was completed however, the site was abandoned for unknown reasons. Maybe a hundred years later, 30 stones were erected around the bluestones. These probably came from a much closer area, perhaps 25 miles away (though still far in prehistoric days). There stones are much larger than the bluestones however, being around 13 feet and 25 tons each. These were arrange around the bluestones to give the impression of Stonehenge we have today, with two erect stones with a stone across the top of them
As time passed, the bluestones were rearranged numerous times for unknown reasons. Some of the stones were removed. Archeologists have recovered Roman coins and other artifacts from the site indicated the presence of continued human presence, but it isn’t known whether the monument was still used during this time. The function of Stonehenge is also part of the mystery that makes it so famous. It could have been a sort of complicated calendar or perhaps for some religious function.
In the modern times, Stonehenge has been subjected to much human tampering. Besides the fact that two major roads are on either side of it. Stonehenge garnered a lot of attention for all of its existence and visitors used to take a chisel to the monument to chip off their own piece as a souvenir. The stones were restored numerous times in the 1900s by uprighting fallen stones and basing them in concrete to ensure they would never fall again. Today, there is a security team and a rope that prevents visitors from getting relatively close to the stones at all. However, there is one group who is able to gain personal access to the stones, the pagans. Stonehenge was first believed to be a construction of the druids; however, they are now known to predate druids and pagans completely, but that hasn’t stopped neo-druids and neo-pagans from latching onto the structure as part of their “religious heritage.” Though this group of people holdfast that Stonehenge is essentially “theirs” and they know how exactly why it was built and so on, there is absolutely no real connection between them and Stonehenge’s actual history, which basically makes them look pretty stupid.