When I was about 20 years old, I was fortunate enough to visit Stonehenge; once you've been there it stays with you...
Way back in the mists of time when I was about 20 years old, I was hitchhiking down to Cornwall with my best friend Shears (see blog (#212500403), and we were lucky enough to get to visit Stonehenge. Recently, while helping my son with a homework project, I learned a little more about this ancient wonder...
Although people think of Stonehenge as a simple circle of stones, it is not a single construction. The first structure (3000 to 2900 BC) was a big circular ditch and earth bank 330 feet in diameter; this was built by the Windmill people, who first came to Britain around 4500 BC.
The second version (2900 to 2400 BC) was made out of wooden posts; this was constructed by the Beaker people, who spread across Western Europe from 2800 to 1900 BC (they were called the Beaker people because of the pottery mugs that were often buried with them).
In fact, it was the third structure (2400 BC to 1600 BC) which resulted in the stones we see today; this third version was built by a group of people called the First Wessex, who dragged some of the stones hundreds of miles from Wales. These are called the Blue Stones; when they are dry they look like regular stones, but when they get wet (which happens a lot in England) they take on a bluish hue.
The reason I'm waffling on about this here is that someone just sent me a link to an Amazing Video on YouTube showing how Stonehenge may have been constructed. Now, I actually waffled on about Stonehenge, Carhenge, and this video a couple of years ago (see blog #199600279). However, seeing this video again reminded me as to how amazing this all is... it's well worth another look for all of us...
2009 New Year Resolution (Goal: Walk 1000 miles at ~3 miles a day)
[A=Actual, C=Current, P=Plan-to-Date, R=Remaining, T=Total]
|Days:|| T=365, C=69, R=296|
|Miles:|| T=1000, P=207.00, A=247.83, Δ=+40.83, R=752.17|
|Note:|| In just a tad over 2 miles I'll be 1/4 of the way there...|
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