Stonehenge – One of the most famous landmarks of the United Kingdom in Amesbury

Stonehenge – One of the most famous landmarks of the United Kingdom in Amesbury

The prehistoric monument consists of a ring of standing stones, each around four meters high and two meter wide, and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred tumuli.

Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust / Image: memolands.com

Constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. Radiocarbon dating suggests that the first blue stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC. Stonehenge could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. Deposits containing human bone date from as early as 3000 BC.

It has been a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1882 / Image: memolands.com
The site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 / Image: memolands.com
Computer rendering of the overall site / Image: wikipedia.org

Featured Image: Stonehenge / Image: memolands.com

Websites: english-heritage.org.uk



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