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Stonehenge


After a hasty morning feast in Windsor, it was off to the Salisbury Plains to visit the ancient monument of Stonehenge and the surrounding barrows. I think most people I have talked to in the tour and off the tour who have been to this monument had a different idea of what it would be. Personally I thought it would be located in the clearing of a forest, yet it was located right by the side of the road - never the less it was still a highlight of the tour...



Stonehenge, 13.01.00

A Close up view of Stonehenge showing a barrow to the right (the small hill) as well as sacrificial stones. Unfortunately thanks to some tourists - Stonehenge has been roped off due to chipped segments for souvaneirs and to those who thought graffiting a great monument was midely amusing...


Stonehenge (From Road), 13.01.00


Barrows on the Salisbury Plains, 13.01.00

The small lumps on the horizon are actually more barrows - the resting place of Celtic Druids - and any others who have been apart of the life of Stonehenge...


Stonehenge, 13.01.00


Stonehenge, 13.01.00


Stonehenge, 13.01.00

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The Mystery of Stonehenge

Stonehenge is one of those sites which has baffled people throughout the centuries and has still not been deciphered. Of course with such a mystery comes a bunch of loonies all ready to put forward "the truth" (meaning their truth) as to who created it. However, due to archaeological methods much truth has been garnered from the site. The Stonehenge we see today was not just one site but several that involved many stages. The first stage has been thought to have been created between 3100 - 2300 B.C. and involved a basic ring, a slaughter stone and a heel stone. Further down the track other additions to the site were made - giving us today the traditional view of Stonehenge...

Through the ages Stonehenge was revered as a site of great importance. The Ancient Celtic Druids were thought to have used it in many of their practices until their ways were outlawed (in other words they were slaughtered), it was also an important astrological site. Many of these druids and Celtic Chieftans have been buried around the site in huge burial mounds known as "barrows".

Nowadays, Stonehenge is one of the most visited attractions in all of Britain but this up until a time was actually destroying the site. Due to the amount of people actually walking through the site, the disturbance to the soil was disrupting the foundations making some of the stones tilt on an angle. However I do not condemn the people for this fore the site carers should have known not to let people through, it is the people who purposely graffitied and souvaneired the stones that should be sent to Hades. Even now, people's names can be seen carved into the stones as well as huge carved chunks which have been taken off. It is these people that wreck it for the rest of us...

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