Stonehenge World Heritage





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Uploaded on Jul 15, 2005

The county of Wiltshire contains the most famous stone circles in the world: Stonehenge & Avebury. The meaning of the circles remains a mystery to this day but, together with their surroundings, they form an important testament to pre-history.

Stonehenge, at the centre of Salisbury Plain, is a great place for people who love prehistory. Remnants of old burial mounds and ancient roads can be found here. Stonehenge is one of the most mysterious structures in England. The remains display a long history. It was recently discovered that people had lived here from 5000 BC. The latest research has revealed that Stonehenge was built in four different stages from around 3000 BC.
Stonehenge consists of a number of stone circles, which are surrounded by a ditch and a bank. The solitary Heel stone stands outside the ditch and bank. The first circle inside the bank consisted of 56 holes, the Aubrey holes, named after their discoverer John Aubrey. The next circle consisted of a ring of vertical stones, so-called sarsen stone. Inside stood a ring of 60 bluestones and at the centre stands a stone circle in the shape of a horseshoe. Many stones such as the slaughter and altar stone have fallen down, but maybe they will be restored to their former glory one day.

Stonehenge is officially designated by UNESCO as "World Heritage Site",

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