Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | March 6, 2017

Our visit to the Stonehenge Ruins

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After spending a few days in London, England, taking in several of the well known sights, Bob and I, with our teenaged son, escaped to the peaceful countryside just outside of Salisbury.  On a misty morning befitting a visit to the spiritually significant standing stones, we arrived to find Stonehenge hauntingly empty of anyone but ourselves.


With a brooding sky in the background, the gargantuan rocks looked more imposing than expected, and the mysterious aura about them drew us in for a closer look.  We were free to walk at will around the monoliths, but from what I have recently learned, access to the site today is strictly controlled, tickets must be purchased in advance, and visitors can get no closer than 25 yards to the pillars of rock.


This primitive diagram of the layout at Stonehenge shows a rough overview of the stone circle that is enclosed by a circular ditch.  The ditch, constructed around 3000 BC, has both an inner and outer bank and is dotted with circular holes that are thought to have once held either wooden posts or standing stones.  Of note are the two entrances that bisect the ditch making the site an early form of henge monument.


From this vantage point, the remainder of the ditch and berm on the northeast side is quite noticeable.  It has been established that at least 64 cremations and 150 individuals were buried in this ditch making it the largest late Neolithic cemetery in the British Isles.


Two types of stones were added to the central cluster at Stonehenge around 2500 BC, the larger stones called sarsens (sarsen sandstone) and the smaller stones called bluestones.  Each sarsen rock weighs between 25-40 tons and can be up to 30 feet tall.


Two concentric arrangements were constructed using the sarsens with the inner one in the shape of a horseshoe.  It consists of 5 trilithons assembled using the largest of the sarsens.  Each trilithon is formed using 2 vertical sarsens capped by a horizontal sarsen called a lintel.

Visit Our visit to the Stonehenge Ruins on Salisbury Plain for the full post.

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