One of the most infamous mysteries of the world – why was Stonehenge built?
Was it the result of clever alien architecture, a spiritual temple or even a Celtic burial ground?
Let’s take a closer look…
Standing proudly in Wiltshire, in the southwest region of England, Stonehenge dates back to approximately 2000 BCE.
The huge stones are thought to weigh around the 50,000 pounds mark, and were apparently transported over 200 miles to the site in Wiltshire.
How did the construction of this monument manage to take place in the prehistoric era – man had not even got his head around the horse and cart concept?
That’s nearly 100 massive rocks…transported over 200 miles…then somehow arranged in a mystical order!
Why was Stonehenge built?
A ‘Special’ Burial Ground
Recent studies seem to point to the fact that this unique set of stones could have been constructed as a burial ground for important, or ‘elite’ families.
A total of 63 bodies that were found at the site, were analysed, and the results leaned towards the fact that the first monument was originally a graveyard for a community of special (powerful) families.
A study by archaeologists Geoffrey Wainwright and Timothy Darvill in 2008 came to the conclusion that the site could have been a central point for mystical healing powers.
They believe that the various chipping of rocks points to the fact that the monument was treated much like the French commune Lourdes – an area that was also famed for its supposed miraculous healing powers.
The Rock Calculator
Astronomer Gerald Hawkins came to the conclusion that Stonehenge could well have acted as some sort of computer, back in 1963.
He believed that the stone setup acted as an ancient computer for predicting eclipses of the sun and moon.
Hawkins indicated that up to 165 points at the site seem to correlate with the rising and setting positions of the sun and moon.
Built by Aliens?
Erich von Däniken is a famous Swiss author who penned the book Chariots of the Gods. He is a big believer in the idea that ancient aliens handed early man certain technologies and religions.
These technologies were apparently behind the construction of Egyptian pyramids, Easter Island and of course – Stonehenge.
A Druid Temple?
History tells us that antiquary John Aubrey surveyed Stonehenge in the late 17th century. His studies led him to believe that many of the stone monuments in Britain, were built by the native inhabitants.
We now know that the only prehistoric British priests about at that time were the Druids – was Stonehenge used as a Druid temple?
Why Was Stonehenge Built?
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