Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, Southern England

Stonehenge - Ancient Site of Light & Mystery

  The building of Stonehenge began around 3000 BC.
The main henge is constructed from giant Sarcen stones, 6 metres 20 feet tall. Shaped from local rocks. Consisting of the outer circle, 30 upright stones, with mortice and tennon style joints to the ring of lintels. And the 5 large Trilithions, grouped in a horseshoe formation, open to the N.E. Midsummer sunrise alignment with the heelstone. Arranged within the henge are the Precselly Bluestones, quarried in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. These were then rafted and dragged to Salisbury Plain in Southern England a distance of over 320 Km. 200 Miles. Just inside the outer ditch are the 56 Aubry holes. These were interpreted by Gerald S. Hawkins in his book "Stonehenge Decoded". His theory is that there is a 56 Year Eclipse Cycle. When both the Sun and the Moon rise over the heelstone, the builders could predict some Eclipses. Fred Hoyle, then the Astronomer Royal, also has book on Stonehenge.
  It is not known exactly what function Stonehenge served, though the very precise alignment of the Stones leaves little doubt that the builders had a good understanding of Astronomy, and that the shadow cast by the heelstone at Midsummer Sunrise, on 21st. of June, played an important part in their ceremony.

Adapted from Macduff Everton/The Image Works Inc. ©+(P) Microsoft Corp.

Other Images:

A photograph of the stones

Detailed O.S. Map of the Stonehenge area.
Published by Ordnance Survey, Southampton. Crown Copyright.

Surreal image of the stones!

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