New Research on the Purpose of Stonehenge

New Research on the Meaning Behind Stonehenge

Stonehenge in Wiltshire County, England
(Photo credit: Nadine Korte)

Researchers from the University College London have a new theory about the purpose behind the infamous UK monument Stonehenge.

Built in prehistoric British times, researchers theorize between 3000-2000 BC, the site’s purpose has been under constant debate. Theories range from religious to astronomical. Regardless, the size of the ‘stones’ and the work involved in making the site is impressive for any prehistoric civilization!

New research has showed that perhaps it was the process of making the site, not the end result, that was important.  It allowed people from all over prehistoric Britain to come together for a communal project, in a time where humans in Britain lived in very small communities.  Some quotes from the BBC News article:

“The latest findings, which came after a decade of research, suggested it was the act of building the monument rather than its purpose that was key.”

“The researchers believed as many as 4,000 people gathered at the site, at a time when Britain’s population was only tens of thousands.”

The research also points towards an earlier date for Stonehenge, with the site being occupied since 3000 BCE, and the monoliths we know today dating from approximately 2500 BC.

Source [BBC News] and [Discovery]

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