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Stonehenge stands as a timeless testimony to the people who built it, between 3000BC and 1500BC. An
amazing feat of engineering and arguably the most sophisticated stone circle in the world, it remains a
The surrounding landscape is also fascinating. It contains huge prehistoric monuments, stretching over several kilometres like the Avenue and the Cursus, massive earthwork enclosures like Durrington Walls and the North Kite, and hundreds of burial mounds.
Before Stonehenge was built thousands of years ago, the whole of Salisbury Plain was a forest of towering pines and hazel woodland. Over centuries the landscape changed to open chalk downland. What you see today is about half of the original monument, some of the stones have fallen down, others have been carried away to be used for building or to repair farm tracks and over centuries visitors have added their damage too. It was quite normal to hire a hammer from the blacksmith in Amesbury and come to Stonehenge to chip bits off. As you can imagine this practice is no longer permitted!
Q: Is Stonehenge the largest stone circle?
A: Stonehenge is not the largest stone circle in the world but it is the only one that has lintels around the top, making this unique.
Q: Why was it built here?
A: There is no explanation as to why the site was chosen. Various theories have been put forward but no conclusive evidence has been found to support them.
Q: Why can't we go into the centre circle?
A: The stone circle has had a lot of footfall over the past few centuries and for conservation purposes it has to be roped off. We do, however, have out of hours Stone Circle Access which allows us to monitor numbers.
Q: Where can the artefacts found at Stonehenge be viewed?
A: Artefacts can be viewed at the London Museum, Salisbury Museum and Devizes Museum.
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