Stonehenge

Senior Travel To Stonehenge

If you’re in the 55 and older rang and you love to travel, then get ready and pack your bags in 2012. Senior travel to Stonehenge has never been more important than this year. Why? Because Stonehenge, and the surrounding Salisbury Plain is really ancient and wonderful, and you’ll bring back some of the “good vibrations” that occurred over 4000 years ago. I just returned from a trip to Stonehenge, NewGrange in Ireland, and the sacred sites of the Salisbury plain. Stonehenge is a human marvel that makes you want to throw away your cell phone and lie down on the Earth to feel what we have been missing for so many years. Most people have heard of Stonehenge, but few know exactly where it is, or what it is. Where is Stonehenge? It is West of London, a bit south of Bath, and not too far from Glastonbury, (another place you need to add to the list.)

What is Stonehenge? It is an amazing piece of architecture that people around 2400 BC. created out of huge stones. It was important enough for people to haul stones from as far away as 150 miles, and they weren’t just any old stones. The large ones, called Sarsens, came from an area a bit north of Stonehenge, and the BlueStones came from Wales. What is interesting is that the line from Stonehenge to the Preseli mountains in Wales, where the stones came from, is the same line that runs directly across the Pyramids in Gaza. In trying to re-create the way in which they might have been transported, they simulated putting one of these massive stones on a boat around the southern most part of England, and it sank with the weight of the stone.

Stonehenge was a part of a larger cosmology that reveals that the ancient people who constructed the stone circle, had a very developed technology for watching the stars, the sun and the moon. This was important to whatever ritualistic events that took place at Stonehenge. In 2005, the Riverside project unveiled the largest Neolithic village (near Stone-henge) that has ever been found in Europe. So, what is Stone-henge? It is an amazing sacred piece of architecture that was connected to an advanced system for viewing and identifying the movements of the larger universe of which we are a part. It is also a place where the dead were cremated (remains have been found), as well as a place where feasts occurred. We must put the pieces together with our imagination and with the pieces unveiled by archeologists and historians. To witness these massive stones, is a moment that you will never forget. Senior Travel to Stonehenge is easy on your own, or with a friend.

 

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The Mysterious Location of Stonehenge

Stonehenge is a mystery that many theorists have tried to understand. The mysterious location of Stonehenge haunts us to this day. There is the temple theory originally¬† presented by William Stukeley, a man who studied pieces of the past and felt that the mysterious stone circle was a place for Druid ceremonies. Then there is the theory that the stones have healing properties and were brought the long distances to cure people. Then in 2005, everything changed. Mike Parker Pearson, a passionate archeologist, opened the portal to Stonehenge through a project called, “The Riverside Project.” This excavation project changed the whole scope of Stonehenge, and how we now perceive the place. How? Mike and a team of Archeologists found evidence in an ancient ditch in what is called, “the southern circle.”¬† This ditch contained evidence of nine small houses that held bones and pottery. The exciting part was that these nine houses were a part of a larger settlement with as many as 1000 houses.

The southern circle revealed a place of the living, one of the largest Neolithic settlements in northern Europe. An avenue originally made of flint, linked Stonehenge with the southern settlement. This passage, or roadway, links the light of the sun setting to the Southern Circle. Sunrise at Stonehenge, and sunset at the Southern Circle. Then, on the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, the pattern reverses with the sun setting through the great trilithon of Stonehenge. In other words, the two places on the earth marking time at the two most important days of the year.

What the Riverside project revealed was Stonehenge within a context of a larger place, and the positioning of that place having meaning through the placement of the large stones, and the positioning of the living, or settlements.

Stonehenge- Photo by garethwiscombe Wikipedia Commons

Stonehenge- Photo by garethwiscombe Wikipedia Commons

 

If you want to read how our perception of Stonehenge changed based on Mike Parker Pearson’s “Riverside” project, then go to amazon and get this book, “If Stones Could Speak.” To understand the ancient past requires a relentless curiousity and creative mind. Stonehenge holds the mysteries of people thousands of years ago. Mike Parker Pearson, and Ramilisonina, a retired archaeologist who was born in Madagascar, cracked open a whole new way of looking at the mysterious location of Stonehenge.

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