1. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England.
2. This specific area had a specific importance for ancient people long before the construction of the Stonehenge.
3. Two more tall Stonehenge Cursus were built in the north of the site. The tallest of these earthworks is 3km (1.8 miles) long.
4. Around 3000 B.C. a circular earthwork was constructed at the site, consisting of a ditch (dug using tools made from antlers) with an inner and outer bank.
5. Today consists of a massive circular bank and ditch enclosing 28.5 acres. Inside the ditch is an inner stone circle that encloses two smaller stone circles.
6. It’s one of the world’s most famous monuments, the prehistoric stone circle known as Stonehenge remains shrouded in mystery.
7. Then about 5000 years ago the construction of real site started. Another amazing thing is the site’s perfect alignment with the rising and the setting of the moon, which suggests that the people who built this site perfectly understand the mathematical and geometrical rules.
8. The standing stones (sarens) are the larger ones reaching up to 9 meters tall and weighing about 25 tones.
9. Nearly 70 stones used to complete the circles of Stonehenge.
10. According to experts, the mysterious thing about this is that these stones are from Marlborough Downs, which is about 20 miles from Salisbury Plain.
11. A theory suggests that the builders might have used large wooden logs that were greased with animal fat to transport these enormous stones.
12. One theory suggests that this site was a holy site that was used to perform religious rituals and it was also used as alter to present their sacrifices to gods.
13. Stonehenge was included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List.
14. The houses at Stonehenge reveal the type of homes the builders of the ancient monument might have lived in 4,500 years ago.
15. Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC.
16. Stonehenge has over 1,000,000 visitors from all over the world ever year – it is one of Britain’s most popular tourist attractions.
17. Some of the stones can weigh up to 60 tons. One of the biggest mysteries is how the builders managed to get them onto the site and lift them.
18. The Stonehenge site is more than just the iconic stones at the center – the land surrounding the henge is a massive burial ground with over 200 people buried on the site.
19. 50,000 cremated bone fragments were discovered after being exhumed and discarded over a century ago. Researchers believe more than 60 men, women and children are thought to have been buried at Stonehenge.
20. Two types of stone were used to build Stonehenge. One, the ‘bluestone’, is found 240 miles away from the Wiltshire site.
21. It is estimated that the construction of Stonehenge would have taken more than 30 million hours to complete. Seems that it’s unbelievable but it’s true. They finished it stage by stage.
22. The heaviest of the stones weighs 50 tons would have taken around 600 men to move just one.
23. Some of the stones are Welsh bluestone – which only exists in Wales. The stones have been geologically placed to have in origin in western Wales – which is very long away from Wiltshire.
24. The person built Stonehenge had to have been extremely sophisticated in mathematics and geometry. It was aligned with the midwinter sunset and the midsummer sunset. It was also aligned with the most northerly setting and most southerly rising of the moon.
25. The monument is made of two major types of stone, sarsens and bluestones (mentioned above). Sarsens are the larger ones, some of them reaching 9m tall and weighing over 20 tons. They are thought to have come from the Marlborough Downs, around 20 miles from Salisbury Plain.
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