Furrylittlegnome Sees Lots of Stone


Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain in EnglandAlmost two hours west of London sits the historical stone circle of rocks that dates back thousands of years.  Situated along England’s Salisbury Plain, near Amesbury, Stonehenge is a world heritage site that furrylittlegnome was drawn to.

As one might expect, Stonehenge is in the middle of no where.  You can see the stone formation from a distance, and surrounding it are lots of sheep.
Approaching Stonehenge on the Salisbury PlainSalisbury Plain at Stonehenge

Mystery surrounds Stonehenge.  Completed around 2,600 BC, sandstone and bluestone from Wales make up this three-ring structure.  The outer “wall” of the formation consists of large sarsen (dense sandstone) stones that stand approximately sixteen feet tall. The inner ring consists of taller sandstone structures (twenty-three feet high).  The inner-most ring contains smaller bluestone, from Wales, in horse-shoe patterns.  Each stone weighs between four and thirty tons.

Stonehenge

To this day, no one, including archeologists and astronomers, knows the purpose of Stonehenge.  The site is a burial ground – that much is certain.  Was it used for religious purposes?  Another thought is that the stones were used as a calendar.  The stone shading from the sun would indicate when the summer solstice was.

Gnome went to visit Stonehenge as part of a group tour.  She has to admit, it was kind of a let down.  Once paying the admission fee, you’re literally herded, like those sheep on the plain, around the one hundred foot wide site.  Stonehenge is actually roped-off.  One cannot get close to the stones.  On the plus side, there is a nifty gift shop selling typical trinkets.

Impressive?  Yes, indeed it was, but it wasn’t what furrylittlegnome was expecting…

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