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nmuulak | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted February 12, 2012 at 8:19 AM via web

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What are some theories about the building and purpose of Stonehenge?

I  have to give some theories and then choose one and write a persuasive writing piece to convince the reader this is the correct theory. Any help would be most appreciated. Really stuck, thanks...

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 12, 2012 at 8:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Stonehenge is located in the United Kingdom, in the county of Wiltshire. It is generally accepted to have been built over 4,500 years ago, although there are doubts as to the actual construction dates. As of today, the only concrete purpose for the monument and surrounding areas is as a burial ground; most other theories are unproven. There are no records of its purpose.

One common theory is that Stonehenge is some sort of astronomical construction, like an early observatory. In fact, this theory is based in fact; in its high vantage location, Stonehenge can be used as an observation platform to view and record constellations. Parts of the construction also conform to cycles of the year, although these are more subjective. The exact design of the construct does not correspond to anything specific, so it is likely that the scientific nature was coincidental.

Another theory is that Stonehenge represented a temple or place or worship. The burial sites around it seem to support that idea, but there is no indication of what sort of ritual used the massive stones, or why. The popular association of the site with Druids has been mostly debunked, as the site was not appropriate for their rituals.

There are also paranormal and fringe theories about the building of the site, but these are entirely based in fantasy; no evidence of aliens or angels helping to build the site can be shown.

Stonehenge has also recently been described as a spiritual transition point between life and death -- the graves support this -- or a place of medicine where sick people were healed -- the graves also support this. There is a lot more information online; be careful to check your sources for fraud.

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