Originally posted by Freeborn
reply to post by Byrd
If the healing was just through a process of adminestering herbs etc then why build Stonehenge there in the first place with all the effort involved
and why did people travel from miles around to visist it?
Well, it definitely has a calendrical motif to it, so it was important for many things. It's not just a "one use" site. It's also multicultural;
used by a number of cultures since it was built, so the evidence there is often more tangled than people assume. Each culture may have used it in a
very different manner than the preceding culture did. If memory serves, there's no evidence of millennia-long continual use (as with, say, the site
of Troy), but rather a period of use... and then a gap...and so on and so forth.
As to "why go there" -- could be a number of reasons, including that this was a sort of "academy"; a central location where healers were trained.
We know that there were "colleges" of bards in the older Celtic traditions, so it would not be unusual if there was a "college" of healers.
Nothing is recorded of their practices, but hopefully this dig will give an insight into when the site was used as a healing site and what some of the
practices (herbs, etc) were.