Left.   Early Stonehenge

Stonehenge was not built all at the same time. The first construction of Stonehenge began around 3333 BC and was a wooden building about 100 feet long. It had an entrance at the northeast and a smaller opening at the south. Prehistorian Aubrey Burl thinks that it was a charnel house and possibly a gathering place for astronomer-priests making the first prolonged lunar observations at the site.

About 100 years after this, Stonehenge I, as archeologists call it, was built. This was a circular ditch-and-bank structure, or henge. A Heel Stone was positioned to the northeast. The entrance to the henge was on the northeast, in the same location as the earlier timber building.

 







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