Tick. Cross. Check. Another item on my list has been completed. Woohoo! These stones have been a mystery to people from all decades and centuries, Stonehenge, so many questions about this ginormous stone circle situated in a quiet corner of southern England. Stonehenge is an enigmatic prehistoric monument located just north of Salisbury, England. It was started 5,000 years ago and modified by ancient Britons over a period of about 1,000 years. The biggest of its stones, known as Sarsens, are up to 9 meters tall and weigh 22 tons on average. It is widely believed that they were brought from Marlborough Downs, a distance of 32 kilometers to the north. Smaller stones, referred to as “Bluestones” because they have a bluish tinge when wet or freshly broken. They weigh up to 4 tons and most of them appear to have come from the Preseli Hills in western Wales, a distance of 250 km. There are numerous theories as to why Stonehenge was built. Most feature some kind of worship or sacrifice.
(Picture from Stonehengetrips)
As we were travelling south to visit my sister we decided to cross off a bucket list item on the way. The weather of course was windy and cold but that didn’t stop us. The field where the stones stand is surrounded by a 2 metre fence. The stones are then encircled by a 3 metre wide, rope bordered walkway that leads you from the car park under the road and around Stonehenge. There is a strict NO TOUCHING THE STONES policy. My daydreams of being able to wander through and under the great monument were ruined. In fact we didn’t bother with the whole walking around thing. At £8.00 a head, unless I came back healed, spiritually changed or actually witnessed the sun aligning with the stones, it didn’t seem worth it. We still managed to take some lovely photos.
I always find the concept a little strange when you visit these heritage sites. This monuments, houses and sacred places are bought up, fenced in and then put on show to the public. These places were meant to be used, lived in, explored. I’m not suggesting a free for all as I understand that there are people who would take advantage and steal items from heritage places for their own gain but in the case of a place like Stonehenge which is believed to be a holy or sacred place it just feels weird to me that it can be priced and taxed.
If you ever get a chance to see it, I would recommend it though maybe on a slightly sunnier day. For a bunch of rocks, they are pretty cool.
Peace and Love,