Stonehenge

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This painting is framed.

Stonehenge was initially a grassy plain with few trees because of the chalk underneath. It was therefore a useful place for prehistoric men to roam and start farming.

Here they could see and contemplate the movement of the stars, sun and moon and begin to understand how the seasons matched the different positions of sunset and sunrise.

Starting with a circular ditch, Stonehenge developed over thousands of years. There are long Barrows where livestock may have been fenced in, or used for ceremonies and areas where people had basic huts. The building of the main Stone Henge began around 2500 BC. A large number of ‘Blue’ Stones, that have a bluish tinge when wet, were brought from the Preseli Hills in South West Wales. This was a colossal undertaking, probably using boats to carry the two to five ton stones. It is not known how these were transported over 2500km, but hauling stones overland using tree trunks as rollers is one theory, or perhaps even over snow or ice.
The larger ‘Sarcen’ Stones, which weigh around 25 tonnes, with the thirty tonne heel stone, were sourced more locally, most likely from Avebury where there are many such stones scattered around the countryside. While much bigger, these stones only needed to be transported 20 miles (32 km), overland using tree trunks and hundreds of workers, who may have been acquired in battles as prisoner-slaves, or may have been sun-worshippers of a substantial tribe.

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