Stonehenge

The five of us headed out to Stonehenge at 9:00.  Several people had warned us that you can no longer get close to stones.  I thought it might be a let down to visit what Sarah said was “just a bunch of stones”.  To the contrary it was quite impressive because even 500 years before 2500 BCE, there was significant human activity at the site. There was a circular ditch and earth bank.  The ditch was filled with caulk and had a diameter of 110 meters. Before the stones, it was one of the first cemeteries in Britain. From the perimeter of Stonehenge, we could see several large dirt mounds on distant hills.

Marcia’s sister, Marla, encouraged us to go into the huts by the exhibition hall.  Good advice. A fellow tourist was posing while his wife took a picture.  Since our kids refused to pose, I included our smiling fellow tourist.

From the car park, Marcia picked up our tickets in the short line for those with the foresight to book online months in advance.  Thanks to Marcia for doing the reservation six months ago! The car park is several kilometers from Stonehenge. So, there are multiple buses running back and forth to the site. They fill them.  Once the seats are full, they encourage people to keep moving to the back until the aisle is full of people standing.

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Rachel next to a model of one of the large vertical stones.  It is hypothesized that it took one hundred men to move a stone.  A rope would be attached and 100 men pulled the rope, while others positioned the rolling logs from back to front as the stone stone crept alone.  It is difficult to imagine the commitment and level of organization required to move the stones long distances. 
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Some folks from Atlanta were kind enough to take this photo. The large “bluestones” stand up to 7 meters high and are extend two and half meters into the ground.
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This photo was taken from the Heelstone.  On the summer solstice, from the center of Stonehenge and at sunrise, the sun appears precisely over the Heeling Stone.  Imagine in 2500 BCE, they had enough insight to know the exact movement of sun and to know time of year that marked the summer solstice.
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The Heelstone.
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After the girls walked around the perimeter, they took a break in the grass.  They were content to wait while Marcia and I listened to audio tour.

Later the girls decided to they had sat long enough and made up their own version of football.

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