It Was The Aliens!
Around 1988, I visited Stonehenge. It was something I had wanted to do for a long time, having been intrigued by stories and the archaeological theories of the time, as to it’s existence. The featured image above, was the photo that I took at the time of my visit.
The ancient stone circle is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument.
Over the years, many wacky ideas have been put forward regarding why it was built:
- Aliens helped
- A giant built it
- It was a concert hall (not joking!)
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, 2 miles west of Amesbury. It consists of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 13 ft (4.1 metres) high, 6 ft 11 in (2.1 metres) wide and weighing around 25 tons. Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC.
One of the most famous landmarks in the UK, Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon. I would love to believe that it was Aliens, or a Giant built Stonehenge, but the simplest ideas are probably the most likely… that it was an important burial ground.
The Latest Theory
Professor Parker Pearson (UCL Institute of Archaeology), analysed the ancient remains of 63 bodies buried around Stonehenge, finding that the first monument was originally a graveyard for a community of elite families, whose remains were brought to Stonehenge and buried over a period of more than 200 years.
The first Stonehenge began its life as a huge graveyard. The original monument was a large circular enclosure built 500 years before the Stonehenge we know today, with the remains of many of the cremated bodies originally marked by the bluestones of Stonehenge. We have also discovered that the second Stonehenge was built 200 years earlier than thought, around 2500 BC.
By testing cattle teeth from 80,000 animal bones excavated from the Stonehenge complex, the team also found that around 2500 BC it was once the site of vast communal feasts attended by perhaps up to a tenth of the British population, with people coming from as far afield as highland Scotland to celebrate the solstice.
What we’ve uncovered is compelling evidence that Stonehenge once united the people of Britain, attracting people from far and wide for Solstice gatherings, but also that the bodies and grave goods found on and around the site also offer an answer to the mystery of Stonehenge’s decline.
Stonehenge was a monument that brought ancient Britain together. What we’ve found is that people came with their animals to feast at Stonehenge from all corners of Britain – as far afield as Scotland. Stonehenge was built soon after the appearance of the first pan-British culture, the only time in prehistory that the people of Britain were unified.