So here are some pictures of what may be the most famous pile of stones in the world – Stonehenge.
Well, famous to a certain extent, anyway. When I sent my dad this selfie, he texted back “what’s that.” Sigh.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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?
Thanks for reading!