Hello Hello OxPreppers and Parents,
Today marked our annual visit to the historical landmark site of Stonehenge. Always an interesting sight to behold, Stonehenge continues to fascinate and puzzle thousands of tourists as to how and why these massive stones came to be. According to the English Heritage Website for Stonehenge:
THE STONE MONUMENT
The significance of Stonehenge itself can be summarised as follows:
Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated and only surviving lintelled stone circle in the world.
The earliest stage of the monument is one of the largest cremations cemeteries known in Neolithic Britain.
The stones were brought from very long distances – the bluestones from the Preseli Hills, over 150 miles away, and the sarsens probably from the Marlborough Downs, 19 miles to the north.
The stones were dressed using sophisticated techniques and erected using precisely interlocking joints, unseen at any other prehistoric monument.
A UNIQUE LANDSCAPE
Stonehenge does not stand in isolation, but forms part of a remarkable ancient landscape of early Neolithic, late Neolithic and early Bronze Age monuments.
Containing more than 350 burial mounds and major prehistoric monuments such as the Stonehenge Avenue, the Cursus, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls, this landscape is a vast source of information about the ceremonial and funerary practices of Neolithic and Bronze Age people.
It can also help our understanding of regional and international contacts from the 4th to 2nd millennia BC, and shed light on how prehistoric society was organised.
ARCHAEOLOGY AND MEANING
Stonehenge has often been at the forefront of the development of archaeology (see Research on Stonehenge).
It has also perhaps been the focus of more theories about its origin and purpose than any other prehistoric monument. These have included a coronation place for Danish kings, a Druid temple, an astronomical computer for predicting eclipses and solar events, a place where ancestors were worshipped or a cult centre for healing
Today, the interpretation of Stonehenge which is most generally accepted is that of a prehistoric temple aligned with the movements of the sun.
The OxPreppers certainly enjoyed their afternoon snapping photos of the monument and each other.