Where is stonehenge it's hard to believe that a prehistoric monument built around the same time as the great pyramid in egypt is located less than 100 miles from london in the grassy hills and farmlands of wiltshire, england in the united kingdom what is stonehenge while its purpose and meaning. Stonehenge is one the uk's most visited tourist attractions – and one of the world's most enigmatic ancient monuments underground imaging and excavation have revealed that stonehenge was once part of a complicated network of structures: ancient burial mounds, unknown settlements, processional. The assumption is that the sacred landscape structures of prehistoric england henge form a funerary complex or landscape in which human remains made a literal stonehenge its outer henge is about 25 m in diameter and was built around 2400 bc2 the stone circle which is just less than 10 m in diameter was built. Stonehenge is a massive stone monument located on a chalky plain north of the modern-day city of salisbury, england research shows that the site has continuously evolved over a period of about 10,000 years the structure that we call stonehenge was built between roughly 5,000 and 4,000 years ago.
Shire, england this site is interpreted and displayed to the public by en- glish heritage companion visitor's guide: stonehenge by julian richards london: en- sive neolithic stone circle in britain and one of england's two most famous ing a full account of the monument and its history of construction and display. 10 facts about stonehenge it is possibly the most famous prehistoric monument in the world but how much do you know about stonehenge here are 10 important facts a visitor stands on a toppled standing stone at the megalithic structure of stonehenge on salisbury 1) built in several stages, stonehenge began about. The stonehenge we see today is the end result of several episodes of construction, after an intervening 4,000 years of destruction and decay various stones are fallen or missing, making the original plan difficult to understand this page briefly describes the different elements of the monument low-level aerial photograph.
Sunlight bursts through a trilithon at stonehenge, located on england's salisbury plain built on an already ancient earthen structure, the monument comprises bluestones brought from a distance of more than 150 miles and larger sarsen stones, believed to have been brought from marlborough downs,. Description stonehenge is located in wiltshire, a district of south central england the site is about 30 miles north of the english channel and 80 miles west of london it sits 330 feet sarsen is a hard sedimentary stone than is present in patches throughout south and east england, but especially in north central wiltshire. A contemporary work, a scala mundi ( 'ladder of the world') giving a christian view of world history, shows stonehenge as a rectangular structure the third known medieval representation of stonehenge was produced a century later, c 1441–42, and is thought to have been written in england it uses the modern spelling of. English antiquarian john aubrey in the 17th century and his compatriot archaeologist william stukeley in the 18th century both believed the structure to be a druid temple this idea has been rejected by more-recent scholars, however, as stonehenge is now understood to have predated by some 2,000 years the druids.
Stonehenge facts found on england's salisbury plain in wiltshire, stonehenge is a huge man-made circle of standing stones built by our ancestors over many archaeological research shows that the structure of this amazing monument changed over time, as it was built and rebuilt by generations of ancient peoples. However there is evidence of large scale construction both before and afterwards on and around the monument that perhaps extends the landscape's time frame to 6500 years dating and understanding the various phases of activity at stonehenge is not a simple task it is complicated by poorly kept early excavation. Stonehenge is located in the centre of the most dense complex of neolithic and bronze age monuments in europe, including several hundreds of burial mounds many of these monuments are very unusual and often the purpose of their construction is unclear this area served as an important ceremonial. Anyway, i was able to get my own back when a few minutes later thurley was describing the currently mooted plans to separate english heritage into two organisations: one vested with the same midhowe is a large and complex structure, although by no means as obviously important as stonehenge.
Stonehenge is an example of what is called a megalithic structure or monument megalith literally means 'large stone' such megalithic monuments are not uncommon in fact, stonehenge is one of many megalithic sites in southern england alone other famous examples of megalithic sites from around the world include the. Why, almost alone of the megalithic structures of pre-history, was stonehenge noticed and celebrated through the middle ages, from early at least in the twelfth century that is the fair question to begin with why, for instance, did no one notice the huge megalithic complex at avebury, only a few miles to the north. ''you've got stonehenge which is clearly a very large ritual structure which is attracting people from large parts of the country but around it people are creating their own shrines and temples we can see the whole landscape is being used in very complex ways'' the way stonehenge and its surroundings.
The british poet layamon, inspired by the folkloric accounts of 12th-century cleric geoffrey of monmouth, wrote in ad 1215: “their arrival is when stonehenge was transformed from a quite ordinary and typical monument into something unusual,” says andrew fitzpatrick of wessex archaeology, a nonprofit organization. His numbering system of the monument's many sarsens and bluestones is still used to this day, and his slim book, stonehenge: plans, descriptions, and in atkinson's view, stonehenge (fig3) was a true example of architecture in contrast to mere construction, unparalleled in britain's barbarian bronze. Stonehenge has a rich and complex 5,000-year afterlife up to and including the modern and contemporary world and our understanding of the scale of mesolithic activity here, before stonehenge, is developing, for example at blick mead but it is the neolithic and early bronze age archaeology that affords.
On this page we have given a brief description of stonehenge this includes a concise account of the monument's complicated construction history and a couple of the theories surrounding the fascinating area there is obviously much more to tell and you will no doubt have many questions this is why we. It is located 130 km from london and consists of a complex of huge stones that are placed in a circle the modern scientists have not determined the exact age of the building, but it is presumably at least 3,000 years one of the distinctive features of stonehenge is its location the monument is located on the english desert. Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world, while avebury is the largest criterion (ii): the world heritage property provides an outstanding illustration of the evolution of monument construction and of the continual use and shaping of the landscape over more than 2000 years,. The third phase of construction at stonehenge happened approximately 400-500 years later and likely lasted a long time in this phase the remaining blue stones or wooden beams which had been placed in the aubrey holes were pulled and a circle 108 feet in diameter of 30 huge and very hard sarsen stones were erected.