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Anonymous asked in TravelUnited KingdomOther - United Kingdom · 1 month ago

why would people have gone through so much trouble constructing Stonehenge? (just so parts of it could line up with the Sunset & Sun rise?)?

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    Nobody knows, except it was much more than that.  Lining up with the summer solstice sunrise is only the bit we HAVE worked out, and you don't need whole circles of stones to do that.  Two would do.  There was clearly much more to it, for example there are many graves around it - now why would this be a special place to bury the dead?  Was it a similar thing to being buried in the graveyard around a church, as just about everybody was in the UK until churchyards ran out of space?

    It would seem there is religious significance to it, but nobody knows what the religion was.  We can only guess it might have had something to do with worshipping the Sun.  Whatever... people DO go to great lengths to build elaborate religious buildings, so the best guess it was some important religious centre, but that can only be a guess.

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  • F
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago

    The current layout of Stonehenge is more down to the British Army in the 1950s than prehistoric druids.

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  • 1 month ago

    It's a kind of celestial calendar, and seasonal events were of much much greater important to a pre-scientific, pre-industrial agricultural and herding people.

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  • 1 month ago

    It's the million dollar question.

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  • 1 month ago

    The latest idea is that it is part of a processional way, that symbolically goes from life, to death.  The way begins on the Avon river, over 2.5km away, goes through Woodhenge, hangs a bit of a left, comes over a rise, and heads into Stonehedge along the line of the rising sun on the summer solstice.  That is a brief explanation of the idea.  Huge festivals were held near there, possibly every year, with thousands of participants.  It was a pretty big deal for the people then.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It probably had something to do w/ spirituality because mankind struggles w/ why he is here.

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  • 1 month ago

    I was wondering the same thing when I saw them while flying from London

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    That is one of life's mysteries. The source of the stones has been identified as Pembrokeshire in Wales and they were schleped all the way to Salisbury Plain. Might have been dragged part of the way by a glacier, but nobody knows. Can't help but think it must have been important to people back in the day.

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  • PAMELA
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Nobody know why it was constructed, could have been for religious, reasons,we will never know, there are rings of stones all over britain, put up at about the same time as stonehenge.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    making a brainwashed cult/slave society just like what was happening in Egypt

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