Fri, Mar 5, 2010
Who built Stonehenge? This question always make home into my mind. Hundreds of theories born to explain who built Stonehenge and why, but still it is unknown to everyone. Tourists throng to explore this amazing and breathtaking attraction from all over the world. I was very much excited to visit and see what exactly Stonehenge is, but after visiting, my eyes stilled, and my heart started pumping faster. One thing I could say surely, that whoever has built this magnificent attraction, did a very tough job.
Without use of cranes, hoists or machinery, these gigantic rocks were erected. Some of the rocks are much heavier than a fully loaded truck, but still they stand undisturbed from thousands of years. I simply cannot believe even after looking this beauty continuously for half an hour. No one knows why this mysterious configuration of rocks has been made. According to the archaeologists, some human remains have been found in Stonehenge area, which is over 4,000 years old. Salisbury Plain that lies in southern England is been dominated by Stonehenge.
When I visited this site, I got almost all the information that I could have got after few searches in Internet like the phases. The design has been evolved for many generations – initially a circular ditch and bank was the first phase, then the second phase was of timber structures, and the third phase witnessed the arrival of stones. The stone is the largest one with 23 feet tall and has weight over 44 tons. Overall, the Stonehenge is made up of over 1,500 tons of rock, which is unbelievable. I was asking to the locals that who built Stonehenge, but after seeing such an enormous attraction, I started asking how they built it.
There are many likely suspects that indicates who might have built Stonehenge. And the answer comes might be the first human in Britain, at the end of the last ice-age, were prehistoric, stone-age hunter-gatherers. Later, settlers and invaders entered from the mainland Europe. Again, a question raise – was Stonehenge built by the ancient Britons or foreign invaders. There are signs to be found deep under the stones. Earlier, archaeologists have found deer antlers, pottery and human remains. Radiocarbon dating can easily find out perfectly how old these artifacts are.
As the burials were found right underneath the stones, it was easy to say the date of construction. Stonehenge has added one more crown to England for which people rush to take a glance. So if you are eager to see by your own eyes and know that who built Stonehenge then before visiting an advice to you to browse the internet and get the necessary details you want. Well, this question will always remain a million dollar question that who built Stonehenge.