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 An avenue originally made of flint, linked Stonehenge with the southern settlement.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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