Fun Fact 2 This prehistoric wonder is a monument of huge stones set in a
ring. There are other stone circles in England but Stonehenge is by far
the most famous.
Fun Fact 3: There are no records to provide us with any information
about Stonehenge at all, including important facts about who built the
monument, why it was built and when it was built. The information we
have comes from scientific and archaeological research.
Fun Fact 4: Some of the stones are so huge and heavy, it's a mystery how
they got there! It is believed that many of the stones had to dragged
more than 250 kilometres to reach the site's location.
Fun Fact 5: There are many theories surrounding the purpose of
Stonehenge but it is thought that the site provided a cemetery as there
are many burial mounds around the area which date back to Neolithic
Fun Fact 6: It is thought that the construction of Stonehenge began in
approximately 3100 BC with a circular ditch with raised banks. It's
thought that a circle of wood was built at the same time.
Fun Fact 7: From approximately 2600 BC, stone was used instead of timber
and wood to continue the construction of Stonehenge. The types of stone
used at this time included bluestones and sandstone.
Fun Fact 8: A huge sandstone alter was positioned at the centre of the
prehistoric monument which weighed 5.4 tonnes.
Fun Fact 9: It's thought that thirty great sarsen stones were added to
the site around two hundred years later. Each sarsen stone would have
weighed around 22 tonnes and was arranged to create a new circle with a
diameter of 33 meters.
Fun Fact 10: Inside the circle of sarsen stones, a horseshoe of stones
was created weighing approximately 45 tonnes each.
Fun Fact 11: Some of the stones have a lintel joining them. Many, you
will see, consist of two standing stone with a lintel on top, joining
them together. These are known as trilithons as they consist of two big
vertical stones which support a third horizontal stone.
Fun Fact 12: There are many myths surrounding the mystery of Stonehenge.
As there are no records to provide us with information, we can only
assume what the real purpose of the construction might have been. Some
of the myths are religious and other scientific. Some people believe the
site was used by Merlin and the Devil!
Fun Fact 13: Some people believe that Stonehenge was used by druids to
carry out their rituals. Stonehenge is open to the public and holds
special events and ceremonies.
Fun Fact 14: Stonehenge is a engineering, prehistoric wonder which is
known throughout the world. Tourists visit the site in Wiltshire
throughout the year to witness this mystical monument.
Fun Fact 15: The tallest trilithon (two vertical stones supporting a
third horizontal stone) is thought to have measured approximately 7.3