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Stonehenge Essay submitted by Terry Bazemore There is no other place on Earth that has generated as much speculation and mystery as Stonehenge For thousands of years it has stood with its mystery as though taunting us to find its understanding and meaning It has been excavated x-rayed measured and surveyed and still is not understood Still all that has been found out about Stonehenge is its construction its purpose still unknown Perhaps the only ones who knew the meaning died with it thousands of years ago Construction These people would have needed to be supported to make this whole venture worthwhile says RJ Atkinson No one can say who exactly started the building of Stonehenge A seventeenth century antiquarian John Aubrey believed the druids had parts in the construction of the monument This has been deemed impossible because the Druids came along about 2000 years after Stonehenge was constructed One suggestion given by astronomer Gerald Hawkins is that three groups had parts in the construction of Stonehenge The first would have been the secondary Neolithic people that populated the Salisbury Plains roughly around 3500 BC At first their construction was a circular ditch and mound with 56 holes forming rings around the perimeter The first stone to be placed was the Heel stone which was placed outside a single entrance to the site After them would have been the Beakernamed for their beaker shaped cups people about 200 years later who transported bluestone from a stone quarry about 200 miles away from the Prescelly Mountains It is thought that these rocks were transported by way of a raft along the Welsh coast and up the local rivers These stones were erected to form two concentric circles At some point and time the work was discontinued and later started again by the Wessex peoples These people
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