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Stonehenge

I visited Stonehenge on July 28th with Sandy, Charles and Doug. Stonehenge is the sort of place that everyone needs to see, but you only need about an hour. People are no longer allowed to walk around amongst the stones so once you have circled the site once there isn’t much more to do.

Stonehenge is probably the most important prehistoric monument in the whole of Britain. It stands as a timeless monument to the people who built it. The Stonehenge that we see today is the final stage that was completed about 3500 years ago.
The first Stonehenge was a large earthwork or Henge, comprising of a ditch, bank, and the Aubrey holes, all probably built around 3100 BC. Shortly after this stage Stonehenge was abandoned, left untouched for over 1000 years.
The second and most dramatic stage of Stonehenge started around 2150 BC. Some 82 bluestones from Preseli Mountains, in south-west Wales were transported to the site. These stones, some weighing 4 tonnes each were dragged on rollers and sledges to the headwaters on Milford Haven and then loaded onto rafts. They were carried by water along the south coast of Wales and up the rivers Avon and Frome, before being dragged overland again to near Warminster in Wiltshire. The final stage of the journey was mainly by water, down the river Wylye to Salisbury, then the Salisbury Avon to west Amesbury
The third stage of Stonehenge about 2000 BC saw the arrival of the sarsen stones which were almost certainly brought from the Marlborough Downs near Avebury in north Wiltshire about 20 miles north of Stonehenge. The largest of the sarsen stones transported to Stonehenge weigh 50 tonnes and transportation by water would have been impossible, the stones could only have been moved using sledges and ropes.
The final stage took place soon after 1500 BC when the bluestones were rearranged in the horseshoe and circle that we see today. The original number of stones in the bluestone circle was probably around 60, these have long since been removed or broken up. Some remain only as stumps below ground level.

After Stonehenge we stopped by Salisbury and relaxed for the rest of the day. It is a quaint town that feels similar to Bath.

Charlie
Charlie with Stonehenge in the distance
Me
Me in front of Stonehenge
Stonehenge Pan 01
Stonehenge Panoramic 1
Stonehenge Pan 02
Stonehenge Panoramic 2
Stonehenge Pan 03
Stonehenge Panoramic 3
En Route to Salisbury
On the road to Salisbury
The Group at Salisbury
The Group at Salisbury
Gatehouse in Salisbury
Gatehouse in Salisbury
Salisbury Cathedral Pan
Salisbury Cathedral (panoramic)

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