posted on Jun, 26 2012 @ 07:50 AM
I came across an interesting article about the possible function of Stonehenge that I'd like to share with ATS. It's an interesting theory that
does make some sense, but I would like to hear what everone else here thinks about it.
The mysteries surrounding Stonehenge have baffled scientists for a very long time. Who built them? Why were they built? How did they even manage
to get the stones to the spot? Aliens? Druid priests? All of these questions have been burning holes into peoples brains for centuries.
Teams of archaeologists from the universities of Sheffield, Manchester, Southampton, Bournemouth and University College London have all been working
on the project for well over 10 years now. They used a combination of the Stonehenge site itself and their extensive knowledge of the time period in
general to piece together a hypothesis.
“When Stonehenge was built, there was a growing island-wide culture – the same styles of houses, pottery and other material forms were used from
Orkney to the south coast. This was very different to the regionalism of previous centuries,” Prof Mike Parker Pearson from Sheffield University
explained to the Register.
The stones, according to researchers, were put in place by communities as a gesture of the unification of farming communities who decided to lay down
their arms and make peace.
The undertaking wasn’t an easy one though. As Prof Pearson explained, “Stonehenge itself was a massive undertaking, requiring the labour of
thousands to move stones from as far away as west Wales, shaping them and erecting them. Just the work itself, requiring everyone literally to pull
together, would have been an act of unification.”
They also have answers as to why the stones are arranged the way they are. The researches believe that the eight stones stand for different groups of
Britain’s earliest farming communities. And that the area that they decided to build Stonehenge wasn’t a mistake either. “The solstice-aligned
avenue sits on a series of natural landforms that, by chance, form an axis between the directions of midsummer sunrise and midwinter
While I can see an undertaking such as Stonehenge as a unifying endevour, I do have to question the part of the article that states that the solstice
alignment was just by chance. It just seems to important for it to be coincidence. It's entirely possible that Stonehenge is a monument built to
bring everyone closer together, however, IMO there would also need to be other functions to Stonehenge to go thru all the work it would take to create
I'm interested in finding out if anyone else has come across this theory, and knows more about the research done to come to this conclusion.
Stonehenge is one of the most mysterious ancient sites in the world, and there are many proposed functions for it, and this theory is only one of
many. The question to me is if ancient people would go thru the amount of hard work to create it, just for the reason of unifying the surrounding
people. That in itself just doesn't seem to be quite enough reason, especially when looking at the precision of the stones placement, and the
alignment with the solstice. In today's world we do often erect monuments for such reasons, but the work to create them is lessened by the use of
modern machinery, while the people who created Stonehenge were limited to hard work and simple tools. Would unification be enough of a reason to
create such a structure with only these things?