8 Amazing Fun Facts About STONEHENGE

Monument Name: Stonehenge.

Location: Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, UK.

Have you ever heard of Stonehenge? Stonehenge is an ancient, maybe even magical, place that has fascinated people for centuries. The ancient stone circle at Stonehenge is one of the world’s most iconic prehistoric landmarks and also an unsolved mystery. The monument was built over time by our ancestors, who left behind thousands upon thousands of years worth of their hard work for us to discover today!

Here are eight amazing fun facts about Stonehenge!

1. The average stone in Stonehenge weighs 25 tonnes.

That’s 50000 pounds! If you visit the site, you and your friends can test your strength and try pulling a replica of a stone yourselves. Good luck! 

2. Some archaeologists believe that Stonehenge was built by sun worshippers.

But no one really knows for sure. What do you think? 

3. The monument was created over 5500 years ago.

It’s one of the oldest monuments in the world! 

4. No one knows why Stonehenge was built or who built it.

Why there are large stones placed in a circle still remains a mystery…

5. Stonehenge could have been a cemetery

At first glance, Stonehenge may seem like any other old stone circle. But experts have estimated that there are around 200 people buried around it. They think important funeral rituals would’ve taken place there too. 

6. You can go into the inner circle of Stonehenge...

But only during the summer or winter solstices! Every year on the 21st of June and the 21st of December, tourists visiting Stonehenge are allowed to enter the inside of the monument. But no touching or standing on the stones allowed!

7. Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Since 1986, Stonehenge is now protected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

8. Over a MILLION people visit Stonehenge every year!

That’s a lot of people! 

But how did they get such large stones to build such a huge monument?

That makes our heads spin too! 

One of the wildest mysteries about Stonehenge is how these enormous rocks got there. It would have been a difficult task since each stone weighs around 25 tons! Some believe glaciers brought them, while others think it had to be something more ordinary, like humans bringing them over. If humans brought did bring them, they would have to drag the large stones on sleds all the way to a waterway and then place them on rafts where they could then float all the way to the construction site. What do you think? 

Pretty cool, right?

If you want to learn more about ancient monuments and Archaeology, just keep exploring Elapen’s blog posts, check out some of our cool DIY projects, or play some online games. Whatever you decide, get ready to go on an amazing educational adventure! 

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