Stonehenge

So here are some pictures of what may be the most famous pile of stones in the world – Stonehenge.

Stonehenge England

Well, famous to a certain extent, anyway. When I sent my dad this selfie, he texted back “what’s that.” Sigh.

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This post does a better job of explaining what it is than a single text message, so I hope you’re reading, Dad!

I would have been wholly unimpressed by Stonehenge if it were not for the background info that my tour guide shared with us. First of all, I had to remember that this formation was built over a period of 1500 years, 5000 years ago!  You try lifting a single stone of that size without modern machinery!

Stonehenge England

Furthermore, the lentils (the horizontal flat stones) were not simply laid on top of the two standing stones as I originally thought. In fact, the stones were shaped and fitted. So there’s a reason why they haven’t simply fallen off after all these years.

Stonehenge Lentil Stones
Fitted into the lentil stone’s grooves

So who built these stones? Simply put, no one really knows. Contrary to popular belief, the druids did not build it but adopted the site as their spiritual home.

Stonehenge England

What were the stones’ purpose?

The two theories that made the most sense to me were its use for religious reasons and its use as a healing site. Religion can influence people to do unbelievable things, so this could have been enough incentive for a group of people to pull together a bunch of stones that weigh 50 tons each into some sort of a monument. The healing theory had some evidence to it, as they dug up a man with a hole in his jaw & knee nearby. An eerie bit that I learned was that Stonehenge’s location is on “ley lines“, or lines of energy. So maybe they had good reason to believe that Stonehenge held healing powers?

Stonehenge England

I left Stonehenge with a greater appreciation for the World Heritage Site and with more questions than I had answers. There lies the beauty of it – Stonehenge remains an enigma after all these years, and people are willing to travel thousands of miles to figure it out for themselves.

Have you ever been to Stonehenge? What did you think of it?

Stonehenge Countryside England

Thanks for reading!

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  • The history of Stonehenge is very interesting! I was disappointed though, because I expected that it would be bigger!!

    • It is! Well since I’ve seen pics of Stonehenge online, I wasn’t too surprised by its size. Bummer how we couldn’t touch the stones though.

  • WOW! I love your photos Jessica.

  • Interesting! I had not heard the healing theory before – that would make sense, too. I love the mystery surrounding Stonehenge.

    -Lindsey
    http://www.have-clothes-will-travel.com

    • Understanding the history behind it made the experience much more enjoyable for me. Have you been?

  • “Ley lines are said to connect sites such as Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.”
    things like this make me go crazy!! how was it even done!!

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  • Kim

    Oh wow, it’s impressive that they actually made the top slab fitted! That’s quite a feat! The earliest tombstones in Korea kind of had that kind of shape, two pillars and a slab on top, but I don’t think they were fitted. I remember learning that they basically made a mound around the pillars and then used several logs as wheels placed under the slab, and rolled it up top. I wonder if they used a similar approach with the Stonehenge?

    • Huh, I’ve never heard that about the tombstones in Korea. I have no idea if that’s how Stonehenge was built, but I’m also puzzled by where they found huge hunks of rocks out in the country or how they transported it there.

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