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The Stonehenge Monument

There are over 900 rings of stone located in the British Isles. The most famous of these stone rings is of course, Stonehenge.

Stonehenge lies in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge is so mysterious that it has alleged connection with the Druids, King Arthur's court, and even visitors from another world. These connections aren't quite true!

The stones of Stonehenge date between 3,000 B.C and 2,000 B.C. So, Stonehenge is probably the marking of the Neolithic people. In southern England, the Neolithic period starts with early farming communities around 4,000 BC and ends with the start of the Bronze age around 2,000 BC.

The original purpose for the monument is unclear. This is partly because its makers left no written record and partly because the site has been modified throughout the years. So, it's tough to tell if the stones are in their original places or not. Some people think that the site was built as a temple of worship of the ancient Earth gods. Some say it was used as an astronomy observatory of sorts. Still others say it was an ancient graveyard.

There is scarcely any doubt that astronomy did take place at Stonehenge, it's just difficult to tell exactly what went on there.

Stonehenge probably required more than 30 million hours of labor. Certain stones may have been brought from over 240 miles away! So, whatever its purpose, it must have been important to this Neolithic community to invest so much time and effort into its making.

Last modified September 13, 2000 by Jennifer Bergman.

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