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Grandiose world-reknowned and utterly unique Stonehenge has held on to most of its secrets despite the efforts of archaeologists It is impossible to put into context by looking at other stone circles because it is one of a kind - there really is nothing else remotely like it We can find bigger stone circles at Castlerigg Avebury Newgrange and Stanton Drew We can find structures within circles at Avebury but nowhere else is the singular lintel structure of Stonehenge to be found Nor is there any other example of the tongue and groove interlocking construction which has enable this drystone building to stand against the passage of Time for almost four thousand years Indeed some of the attraction of Stonehenge is perhaps this feeling that this building from so long ago both temporally and culturally connects us with our past It reaches to us across the ages - two hundred generations of people from our prehistoric ancestors who left no writing that we can discern to us with all the trappings of our post-industrial world Stonehenge was built in several phases over more than a thousand years Later builders occasionally reversed the efforts of previous efforts sometimes reusing the fruit of their labour Few guesses as to its purpose have yielded fruit but some alignments with solar and lunar phenomena can be observed and these are most likely intentional The midsummer sunrise lies very close to the axis between the Heel stone and the centre of the circle though since this alignment is not exact some dispute its significance Burl 7 Chippindale 8 The midwinter sunset seems to be a better candidate for the alignment both astronomically and spiritually More accurately aligned are fifty-three postholes across the entrance in 11 rows by six lined up with the extreme midwinter risings of the moon Burl 7 which would indicate meticulous observation Another pertinent fact is that the latitude of Stonehenge is remarkable
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