Trip1: ENGLAND HOLIDAY …. STONEHENGE May 2003 …. 1st week ….. Post 3

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Stonehenge

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Stonehenge in July 2007
StonehengeMap of Wiltshire showing the location of Stonehenge
LocationWiltshire, England
Coordinates51°10′44″N 1°49′34″WCoordinates: 51°10′44″N 1°49′34″W
TypeMonument
HeightEach standing stone was around 4.1 metres (13 ft) high
History
MaterialSarsen, Bluestone
FoundedBronze Age
Site notes
OwnershipThe Crown
ManagementEnglish Heritage
Websitewww.english-heritage.org.uk/stonehenge
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official nameStonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
TypeCultural
Criteriai, ii, iii
Designated1986 (10th session)
Reference no.373
RegionEurope and North America

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, two miles (3 km) west of Amesbury. It consists of a ring of standing stones, each around 13 feet (4.0 m) high, seven feet (2.1 m) 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 (burial mounds).[1]

Archaeologists believe it was 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 bluestones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC,[2] although they may have been at the site as early as 3000 BC.[3][4][5]

One of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom, Stonehenge is regarded as a British cultural icon.[6] It has been a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1882, when legislation to protect historic monuments was first successfully introduced in Britain. The site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO‘s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage; the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.[7][8]

Stonehenge could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings.[9] Deposits containing human bone date from as early as 3000 BC, when the ditch and bank were first dug, and continued for at least another 500 years.[10]

Stone Henge ….. walking towards the stones

Stone Henge ….. getting closer
Stone Henge ….. Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Each standing stone was around 4.1 meters (13 ft) high. The standing stones weigh around 25 tons each.
Stone Henge ….. when we there in 2003, you walk up and touch the stones. In 2009, when were in England again, you couldn’t go anywhere near the stones.

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