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Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Introduction of Stonehenge
Impressive megalithic monument on SalisburyPlain, Wiltshire. The monument, consisting of twomain circles of huge stones and an outer bank and ditch, was completed in much its present form in theBronze Age, c. 2000 b.c., but was developed graduallyover a period of some 1,500 years. Outside theditch is the Heelstone, aligned exactly on the rising ofthe midsummer solstice sun. The monument is surroundedby a complex of burial mounds and ritualsites scattered over several miles.Stonehenge was certainly a religious center ofmajor importance, perhaps of a sun cult connectedwith the calendrical phases of the agricultural season.In many ways it was also thus an astronomical observatoryfor calculating the phases of the moon and theoccurrences of eclipses, again connected with the localagricultural cult.Impressive megalithic monument on SalisburyPlain, Wiltshire. The monument, consisting of twomain circles of huge stones and an outer bank and ditch, was completed in much its present form in theBronze Age, c. 2000 b.c., but was developed graduallyover a period of some 1,500 years. Outside theditch is the Heelstone, aligned exactly on the rising ofthe midsummer solstice sun. The monument is surroundedby a complex of burial mounds and ritualsites scattered over several miles.Stonehenge was certainly a religious center ofmajor importance, perhaps of a sun cult connectedwith the calendrical phases of the agricultural season.In many ways it was also thus an astronomical observatoryfor calculating the phases of the moon and theoccurrences of eclipses, again connected with the localagricultural cult.

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