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Stone­henge, Sal­is­bury Plain, Eng­land

For thou­sands of years, peo­ple have mused about the mean­ing of the gi­ant stones care­fully ar­ranged in a cir­cle on south­ern Eng­land’s Sal­is­bury Plain. Sim­i­lar henges — cir­cles of stand­ing stones — ex­ist in Scot­land, Spain and Swe­den, but none are as strik­ing or sto­ried as Stone­henge.

The rock pil­lars weigh up to 50 tons and were hauled about 150 miles from a quarry in Wales, then care­fully ar­ranged so that they lined up with the sunrise of the sum­mer sol­stice and the sun­set of the win­ter sol­stice. Chalk-filled holes dug in a cir­cle out­side the stand­ing stones could be used to mark lu­nar eclipses.

Medieval his­to­rian Ge­of­frey of Mon­mouth cred­ited the site’s con­struc­tion to the wiz­ard Mer­lin. More re­cent schol­ars be­lieve, due to nearby burial sites, that Stone­henge was used as a pre­his­toric hos­pi­tal and holy place, where priests tended to those in need of mirac­u­lous heal­ing.

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