The global village we live in today is much sophisticated with innovation and technology. But, have you ever wondered about the amazing ancient landmarks? Yes! There are several heritages around us which have glorified our civilization. You might find it implausible to believe that there were more erudite structures built in ancient times than the skyscrapers we have today. Some of those developments still exist up to these days, and the mystery behind those edifices is yet unmapped. Numbers of archaeologists, social scientists and anthropologists have been trying to discover the facts about those orders, and a few stories have been learnt. Of those studies, there are some interesting and amusing facts about those ancient structures.
To talk about, Stonehenge located in Wiltshire of England is one of the magnificent constructions from ancient times. Believed to have been built around 31st century BC, Stonehenge is listed in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World from pre-Medieval Age. Following its significant value, the landscape of mythical Stonehenge was enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1986. One of the most visited sites in the world, Stonehenge, is distinguished to have prehistoric values from between the Neolithic and Bronze Age. Stonehenge is considered as one of the sacred sites in the world with mystic and religious precedents. Often correlated to alien constructions, here are some of the interesting facts about the Stonehenge.
To our knowledge, Egyptian Pyramids are known to be the most ancient built structures in the earth. But, this is controversial as the Stonehenge is said to have been built nearly 400 years before the Egyptian Pyramids were constructed. Archaeologists say that the construction of Stonehenge began during 31st century BC, which took 1500 years to complete with 33 million labour hours. The first Egyptian Pyramid is known to have been built during 27th century BC only. Stonehenge is one of the 900 stone circles in England, whose megalithic construction is as baffling as the gigantic Egyptian Pyramids. The actual purpose of Stonehenge is still unknown, but it is believed to be a burial site of prehistoric period.
Beside the antiquity of Stonehenge, there is much debate regarding the builders of Stonehenge. There exist several different theories about the architects of Stonehenge. Popularly, the Druids are credited for the construction of Stonehenge, who used the site for performing their ritual rites. Another theory suggests that it were the Neolithic Agrarians, also called the Windmill Hill people, who could have built the Stonehenge. This comes from the reference that the site probably was a burial place before the Druids would come there for religious worshipping. And the most interesting theory of all is that of alien construction of the megalithic monument. It suggests that the perfect geometrical design of Stonehenge circle, which is likely to be undiscovered during the Stone Age, couldn’t be built by the humans. So, there are also numbers of scientists who get rid of the debate arguing that the megalithic Stonehenge was built by the Aliens.
Having already talked about the builders of Stonehenge, it would also be interesting here to write about the misguiding theories given by some thinkers related to Stonehenge. It is seen that during 17th century, an English architect John Webb, said that the Stonehenge was originally built by the Romans. There is no obvious reasoning behind architect Webb’s supposition, but he did mention that the Stonehenge was actually built as a temple dedicated to a Roman God of Sky, Coelus. Later, architect Webb’s contemporary philosopher Dr. Walter Charleton gave another counter theory that it were Danish arriving after the Romans, who built the Stonehenge. But, both of these theories have been disproved. Yet, there still exists one more interesting folktale about Merlin, a mythical character, to have been created Stonehenge. There are certain illustrations of Merlin and Stonehenge in various arts, but it remains as a legend.