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Stonehenge. The Megaliths of Stonehenge, one of the most famous and recognizable sites in the world. In 1986 Stonehenge was added to UNESCO’s register of World Heritage sites.
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These days Stonehenge draws more than 800,000 tourists a year, many of whom also visit the region’s numerous other Neolithic and Bronze Age marvels.
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One of the most popular beliefs was that Stonehenge was built by the Druids. These high priests of the Celts, constructed it for sacrificial ceremonies.
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Stonehenge’s builders hoisted an estimated 80 non-indigenous bluestones, 43 of which remain today, into standing positions and placed them in either a horseshoe or circular formation.
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The stones that make up the massive circle are thought to have been collected from distant places, some as far as 150 miles away, and brought to this particular location.
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The Wessex Peoples are considered the third and final peoples to work on the Stonehenge site. They arrived around 1500 B.C. at the height of the Bronze Age.
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Stonehenge some believe was the handiwork of the wizard Merlin. In the mid-fifth century, the story goes, hundreds of British nobles were slaughtered by the Saxons and buried on Salisbury Plain.
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Those who built Stonehenge had to have been extremely sophisticated in mathematics and geometry. It was aligned with the midwinter sunset and the midsummer sunset.
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It's difficult to come to a definite conclusion about Stonehenge because more than half the stones are believed to be missing and many have fallen over.
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Stonehenge is in the center of a large number of Bronze Age and Neolithic monuments. There are also several hundred burial mounds in the area and land surrounding Stonehenge.
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Archaeologists believe England most iconic prehistoric ruin was built in several stages, with the earliest constructed 5,000 or more years ago
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Apart from its architectural significance, Stonehenge holds a place of sacred importance to many.
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