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Stonehenge – Mini Series On Civilization Episode # 1

Today we journey to Southern England along the A303 to find one the the most fascinating structures of our time!

I know it’s the obvious place everyone thinks about when visiting abroad, but do you know how it all came about and why it’s so important. Stonehenge is believed to have been built about 5,000 years ago. At the time it was mankind’s first glimpse into what would become modern architecture (a million years later) and the foundation for modern construction. The famous circle of stones dates back to the Neothilic period. It was believed to have been erected by many different peoples over the years.



Built in several stages, Stonehenge began about 5,000 years ago as a simple earthwork enclosure where prehistoric people buried their cremated dead.


There were originally only two entrances to the enclosure, English Heritage explain – a wide one to the north east, and a smaller one on the southern side.


In the 1880s, after carrying out some of the first scientifically recorded excavations at the site, Charles Darwin concluded that earthworms were largely to blame for the Stonehenge stones sinking through the soil.


By the beginning of the 20th century there had been more than 10 recorded excavations, and the site was considered to be in a “sorry state”, says English Heritage – several sarsens were leaning.


The first mention of Stonehenge – or ‘Stanenges’ – appears in the archaeological study of Henry of Huntingdon in about AD 1130, and that of Geoffrey of Monmouth six years later. In 1200 and 1250 it appeared as ‘Stanhenge’ and ‘Stonhenge’; as ‘Stonheng’ in 1297, and ‘the stone hengles’ in 1470.

Why was it put there?

No one knows why Stonehenge was created or who put the rocks where they stand today. There are several theories that abound. Some say it was a healing center and some others suggest it was an alien landing site!

Why you should visit?


Stonehenge is to this day an unexplained part of our great planet.


Architects and builders worldwide are fascinated with the construction of Stonehenge and you will be too.


No one knows quite why it was put here, or how it came to be. Being at Stonehenge is an often indescribable feeling for most people, the wonder of it all.

Will it Cost?

For just 15 or so pounds you too can visit this amazing wonder. There is a gift shop on site and tickets can be purchased online to save time in line at the location.


Have you ever visited Stonehenge, or any other great wonders in this big world? Tell me about it in the comments below. Be sure to join me in a few days as we continue this exciting series of the great places where civilization has meaning.

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I'm Jay from the popular adventure travel blog Jays Odyssey. I travel the world in search of stories that are off the beaten path. I seek to travel in an "Immersive" way rather than " I got the pic and the T-shirt". I believe that everyone has a story, and I want to travel the world to hear it!Feel free to read my articles here and also to check out my awesome website at

2 thoughts on “Stonehenge – Mini Series On Civilization Episode # 1

  1. Profile photo of Keith KellettKeith Kellett

    Hi, Jason! I live nearby, and work there as a volunteer once a week. I trust you're going to post about our gallery, and the Neolithic Houses in the future; all I will say at this stage is … if you visit, you won't get answers; you'll come away with more questions! Cordially, Keith


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