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Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Truth About Stonehenge




Everyone loves a good mystery. Mystery arouses curiosity and that draws us to the truth, or maybe a bit closer to it. There are some mysteries, however, that effortlessly manage to become a mystery forever. Stonehenge remains one. Somewhere in the Salisbury plain, huge monolithic stones have silently stood for ages, taunting the mind of any person who has seen them. Stonehenge has succeeded in becoming a worldwide enigma and precisely therein lies its magic.

I had seen images of Stonehenge as early as grade school. I believed that aliens built this monument, considering my mind was filled with bizarre images of crop circles and extraterrestrial forms. My ten-year old mind couldn't have known better. Or maybe I did.

The truth is, no one is exactly certain about the real purpose of these prehistoric stones. It is beyond the grasp of human knowledge. Stonehenge has generated many speculations/theories but suffice it to say that not one of them can be right or wrong. Stonehenge has been said to be:

1) Place of Sacrifice/Religious Site. Many researchers arguably believe Stonehenge was a site of religious and worship that time. They were able to find big bones here and they could have been offerings to the gods. No human skulls were in sight. Thank God.




2) Astronomical Observatory/Calculator. Constructed between 3,000 BC to 1,800 BC, these stones could have been some sort of observatory. Neolithic people regarded the sky as their gods and this stoens provided a way of connecting with these gods. They have observed that these stones aligned with the rising and setting of the sun during solstice.


This was the original plan for Stonehenge. The government has now put a perimeter around to Stonehenge to salvage this UNESCO Heritage Site. Tourists used to get pieces from the stones in Stonehenge and that led to its deterioration.


3) Alien Theory- I am still sticking to my aliens theory for the sake of geeky argument. This theory has proven to be far more interesting than the aforementioned.

4) Conspiracy Theory - The British government built this to draw more tourists. Nah. That seems too ridiculous.

Even our modern minds can't fathom the evolution of these stones. How could primitive Neolithic people have brought these stones, some weighing at least 26 tons, to the Wiltshire countryside? There have been wild theories and speculations but suffice to say none of them can be right or wrong.

We left for Salisbury early morning as that would be the jump-off point for most people traveling to Stonehenge (unless you have your own car, of course). The best present we got that day was the sun. We comfortably rode the double-decker tour bus, passed the open and vast plains along highway A303 and without a warning, these unusual yet familiar stone structures came into view.

Alas! There we were in the English countryside, marveling at the stones  (and camwhoring)  I had longed imagined since I was young. These stones may not seem as big as they're supposed to be because of the considerable distance between the tourists and the stones (If you see the picture below, the man is actually dwarfed by the stone's size). A few people may find it unimpressive or anticlimactic but to each his own. The best way to go about it is not to expect too much from these sites when you visit them. Tourist attractions tend to be overrrated or underrated. Stonehenge, at least for me, delivers though. It's not about the monument per se but the idea behind it.

If a conclusion is to be made about Stonehenge, we'll still find ourselves right back where we started: No one knows. Whether this monument was built by humans or aliens, Stonehenge has served its purpose. It reminds us again that we are only humans with limited capacity to understand the engineering genius behind Stonehenge. There are some things we can never completely explain and sometimes, they are better left that way.
The Heel Stone. First Stone erected here.














The Salisbury Cathedral dominates the town.

For sidetrips, Visit Old Sarum, an Iron Hill Fort, and the medieval town of Salisbury. Get a taste of the English countryside here. You can take the hop on/off bus after your Stonehenge tour. For comfort food with reasonable price, try Old Harvester near Old Sarum.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

If it was solved, wouldn't that deepen the mystery?

eg http://heavenshenge.blogspot.com/

deobaraanmd said...

Is that a trick question haha?

deobaraanmd said...

Is that a trick question haha?

Jem said...

nice write-up doc!

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deobaraanmd said...

OH wow! this is great news! I would love to do a post on HK Disneyland. Ill email you.

Mika said...

I really can't put into words how much I LOOOVE this post! It's not just the place, but your style of writing! I love your play with words here. :)

Looking forward to the rest,
Mika

Ivan Karlo Jacob Marquez said...

In my opinion, the reason why the “mysterious” Stonehenge was built is because it was used as a giant compass for navigational purposes. Traveling off into the countryside and getting lost with no means of getting home would have definitely been a common incidence during those days. The people would then use indicator posts some distance from the Stonehenge and align their direction of travel just like a gun sight. Using stone markers and aligning them with each other would have meant it was possible to travel the full length of the country and get back safely.

And just like you Sir, I also consider the role of the Aliens in raising the Stonehenge. Because if people living 5000 years ago either had the technology or if they were able to gather the beastly muscle power required to transport and build it, given the huge size of the stones, moving and building them over would be a Herculean task.

I really hope to see this someday. Thanks again for your brilliant and mind-feeding post Sir GT,M.D.

deobaraanmd said...

Hi Ivan! It could have been a giant compass too! Im also sticking to my alien theory. haha. It's definitely a must see. Hopefully you can visit it soon.

Ivan Karlo Jacob Marquez said...

Hi Sir, please delete my first comment post. I misspelled my name. Stupid guy. Hehe! :P

deobaraanmd said...

Mika! thank you! I tried to REALLY write yesterday. Im usually lazy when I write posts. haha

Anonymous said...

Ivan, I dont think all that effort was just for them to give the right direction! Remember these weigh TONS and tons, and with the technology they had 5000 years ago, its not an easy feat to transfer these stones to Salisbury plain! :) BUT thats part of the MYSTERY, isnt it? We can debate all we want but no one really knows exactly! :)

Anonymous said...

D! great post! i like it a lot! :) Happy you enjoyed! <3

deobaraanmd said...

Thanks B! Really had fun :)

deobaraanmd said...

Yes we can go on for days but no one knows the answer. haha

Xylee said...

I love the pic with the birds on the stones. Lovely! :)

I have always loved the mystery surrounding the Stonehenge and yeah count me in among those who go for the alien theory! :))

deobaraanmd said...

thanks xylee!

haha alien theory for all of us!

Diana Manuel said...

I vote the Alien Theory. haha

deobaraanmd said...

Di, i think most people would like to believe that. finally, one of my friends comment on my blog. hahaha

joan | the backpack chronicles said...

I agree with you on the alien theory.I think its way to interesting to put to rest.

deobaraanmd said...

hi joan! we'd all like to believe in something more interesting/paranormal.alien theory will always win. :)

Chris Elemos said...

nice one! i hope i can visit here soon!

deobaraanmd said...

anything is possible chris! :)

MharMS said...

Very mysterious. But the alien thingy, I don't think so. Ancient people were already using technology in their own way for navigation, agriculture, and engineering. And the Stonehenge is one of the amazing creation.

deobaraanmd said...

Yes we do know all that but the big question is HOW? :)

Berylle Kaye Hong said...

great post and theories here :) When can I ever visit the Stonehenge.. *wishful thinking :)

Ivan Stewart Saldajeno said...

I only see the Stonehenge through photos. Hoping I'll be there in flesh.

deobaraanmd said...

@Beryll- thanks so much! It's always possible.

@Ivan - You will one day! :)

Sining Factory said...

I was laughing so hard while reading your post ... that you thought aliens built the Stonehenge. That was exactly what I am thinking. Hahaha. (At syet! May Alien Theory pala talaga!) Damn. Anyway, such a great place to visit and i all love all your arguments. :)

deobaraanmd said...

@sining factory - haha thanks! Alien theory is one of those things you'd like to be true, simply because it's more interesting. haha.