Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, England and is the monument that leaves us with more questions than answers. Archaeologists believe the first stones were raised around 3000 BC to 2000 BC. What makes this monument particularly fascinating is that the vertical posts around 24 feet tall. Furthermore, the bluestones which create the inner circle possibly originated from Wales, about 200 miles away. How the heck these prehistoric people made such a structure is unknown, but it’s estimated that Stonehenge took Neolithic builders around 1500 years to complete.
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There are several theories as to who built Stonehenge. 12th century fictional writer Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote that the wizard Merlin erected the stones. Many of this writer’s fictional historical accounts were taken as truth until well into the Middle Ages. Some geologists believe glaciers brought the non-native stones to the site, eliminating the many miles that Neolithic architects would have had to carry the stones. Today, it’s commonly believed that various distinct tribes all contributed to building different parts of the mysterious monument.
Regular adult admissions is £13.90, but with a student ID or those over 60 years of age, the price is reduced to £12.50. The monument is 9 1/2 miles from the train station in Salisbury, so you’ll either need to take the Stonehenge Tour Bus or a car. Check the closing times (they differ between on and off season) and keep in mind that the last admission is 2 hours before advertised closing times.
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The strange monument continues to create debate between historians about the use and function of it. There is evidence that Stonehenge was used as a burial site, but could it also have been for ceremonies, religious pilgrimage, a final resting place for royals, or spiritual connections with ancestors? Nothing can ever be for sure. The Norwegian comedy duo, Ylvis, have particularly strong feelings about the meaning of Stonehenge… You can watch their hilarious video below.