The Mystery Behind Stone Henge

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The Mystery Behind Stone Henge

The Mystery Behind Stone Henge

No place has generated so much speculation and wild theories as the standing stones of Stonehenge. After driving for miles through the rolling hills and plains of the English countryside the sight of this unusual structure makes people gasp. A walk around it only provokes more strange feelings. There's a sense that this is something very important. It taunts us with it's mystery. For over 5000 years it has stood silent vigil over the earth. It has been excavated, x-rayed, measured, and surveyed. Yet despite all that has been learned about its age and construction, its purpose still remains one of the great mysteries of the world.

The best known part of Stonehenge, and what sets it apart from any other prehistoric monument in Europe, is the central area of the site with the arrangements of stone settings. Of the original 30 upright sarsens (sandstones), 17 still stand. A continuous ring of horizontal lintels once linked these uprights and their edges were smoothed into a gentle curve that follows the line of the entire circle, although only a few are still in position.

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