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Stanenges where stones of wonderful size have been erected after the manner of doorways so that doorway appears to have been raised upon doorway and no one can conceive how much great stones have been so raised aloft or why they were built there These are the words of Henry of Huntingdon the first words ever recorded in history pertaining to the marvel known as Stonehenge Chippindale 20 The features theories and uses of this ancient marvel and wonder of he world are not only numerous but also intriguing Stonehenge a word with Saxon-origin meaning hanging stones is located on Salisbury Plain in mid-Wiltshire England Although it is composed of massive stones it is still relatively small in diameter measuring a meager 35 paces across or about the size of the dome in St Pauls Cathedral Chippindale 10 Even though the possibilities are endless it is believed to have been built by the Druids Greeks and the Phoenicians 5 The first stage of Stonehenge took place from 3100 BC to 2300 BC During this span of 800 years the groundwork for what would become one of the worlds most fascinating monuments was laid The ditch that surrounds Stonehenge was dug with antler picks and the silt that was removed was piled into a bank that reached a height of 6 feet A broad entrance way was also created on the Northeast side of the ditch Chippindale 267 In addition to these features 56 holes later named the Aubrey Holes were dug encircling the ditch The holes differed greatly in depth and size Souden 30 In the middle of this time roughly from 2900 BC to 2400 BC it is believed that large timbers were erected Many holes that are found inside of the ditch are suggestive to this idea One of the problems with proving this other than the fact that the timbers no longer stand is that the ground is very disturbed and the
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