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Stonehenge

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Transcript of Stonehenge

Stonehenge
Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, England,
2 miles west of Amesbury
and 8 miles north of Salisbury
about here
The times of when it was built are a little fluid,
but they think it was between 3000 to 2000 b.c.
the "pre-weathering" stonehenge
to the people that lived there,
it had both astrological and spiritual significance.
Stonehenge lines up with the summer solstice,
and we believe it helped with their worship.
the Heel stone in the Stonehenge has a lot of astrological lining ups,
involving equinoxes, sun movement and also charting the moon.
People have been wondering about Stonehenge for centuries,
and people have always been coming up with ideas of how it was erected.
here's a picture of a giant helping Merlin to build Stonehenge
Current theories range from rolling the stones on logs,
to it being constructed by aliens.
Theories on what it was used for have also been wide.
Some of the main theories we have now are,
That it was a place of healing,
suggesting that the many graves surrounding, implicate the bringing of dead, or very sick.
That it was also used for worship,
there is an altar near the henge, and the henge lines up with many astrological dates,
that could have been used for religion.
Another theory suggests that it was a place
to unite all of the people in Britain at the time.
Stonehenge is made of about 79 Major stones,
and all though the stones all weigh differently, the largest can weigh up to 50 tons
many of the stones are broken into parts, and some may even be missing.
The stones we originally formed in a half circle of large stones
which was circled by smaller stones
and then encircled again by large stones.
like so...
the henge is encircled by a ridge of earth,
a path travels away from it, following a river
leading to another, smaller, wooden henge.
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