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.