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Stonehenge is a structure that historians and archeologists alike have attempted to decode for centuries. We seem to come no nearer to answering key questions as to its purpose and how it was built. Countless hypotheses continue to circulate.
Here are just a few unusual facts that you are unlikely to come across on the average Stonehenge tour:
- One of the earliest theories about Stonehenge was also one of the most fantastical. The 12th-century historian Geoffrey of Monmouth postulated that giants originally brought the stones from Africa to Ireland, where they were used for healing. From this surmise he then progressed to the outlandish claim that Merlin brought the stones to Britain.
- Recent evidence has uncovered that people from the Bronze Age journeyed all the way from the Mediterranean to Stonehenge. This followed the discovery of the ‘Boy With the Amber Necklace’ in a burial pit near the ancient mystical site.
- Possibly the most profound enigma of Stonehenge is how the stones were moved, over many miles, to be arranged in the stone circle we see today. The latest theory (10 Dec 2010) suggests that, although the wheel had not been invented when Stonehenge was created, balls could have been used.
- In 2009 the discovery of a ‘second Stonehenge’ gave rise to further debate and contention. Archaeologists called it ‘Bluestonehenge’. It consists of 25 stones, and is located just over a mile from the original.
- It has been estimated that more than 30 million hours of labour were required in the creation of Stonehenge. Erich von Daniken was at the forefront of the popular theory of the 1960s and 70s that argued aliens were behind its construction.
Make up your own mind about Stonehenge, or simply let yourself become more intrigued the more you discover about this mystical, archaic construction.
We are still no closer to uncovering its mystery.
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