A Long Distance Moving Mystery: The Story of Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Sir often toils over the mystery that is Stonehenge and likes to think of the A-Team as a modern day Stonehenge Clan, in charge of all Austin Long Distance Movers. Not only has Sir toiled over how exactly they moved those rocks, but so have the countless historians over the years that have examined the site. Stonehenge was built over an estimated 1500 years and is located in southern England. Although countless questions abound about this moving mystery one things for sure, Sir Austin can’t get enough!

Stonehenge Infographic

A Long Distance Moving Mystery

Although there is general consensus among the scientific community that Stonehenge was a burial site, they have yet to determine what the other uses for Stonehenge was. Stonehenge is made up of almost 100 hugely massive stone structures that are placed in a circular layout. The real mystery of Stonehenge is how, in a society that didn’t even have access to the wheel (because it hadn’t been invented yet), did they move those extremely large rocks such far distances. What’s even more confusing to scientists is that although standstone, that was native to the area, was found in the rocks, scientists have also discovered traces of bluestones that are located almost 200 miles away from Stonehenge at Preseli Hills in Wales.

Building Stonehenge It probably looked something like this

A Long Distance Moving Mystery

Archaeologists think that Stonehenge was built in several different stages, with the ground breaking ceremony happening as much as 5,000 years ago. The first serious phase of construction was said to have started at about 2900 BC when the builders began to form a ditch around what is known as the modern day Stonehenge. The ditch was dug with deer and oxen bones and lines the outside of the entire area. The outside of the pit comprises 56 smaller pits called Aubrey Holes, after John Aubrey, the 17th century antiquarian who was the first person to discover the pits.

Stonehenge Diagram

Diagram of Stonehenge

Phase Two

During phase two of Stonehenge it is believed that Stonehenge’s builders moved around 80 bluestone rocks, which were non-indigenous to the area surrounding Stonehenge, to the area and then lifted them up to form the walls that became the iconic stones that most people think about when they think of Stonehenge. They formed the rocks into a circular pattern to make the structure have a round like appearance.

Picture of Stonehenge What if probably looked like during its heyday

The Final Phase

The third phase of construction was thought to have taken place around 2000 BC when the builders took sarsen sandstone blocks and placed them into standing positions and arranged in a way to make an outer ring around the main structure. The stones were assembled into three piece structures, called trilithons, and they stand tall in the middle of the Stonehenge structure.How They Built Stonehenge This is how they probably raised the roof, literally!

Sir Austin Long Distance Mover Solute

Sir Austin wanted to solute the ancient tribe of movers that built Stonehenge and he hopes you enjoyed the article. Don’t forget to check out this sweet national geographic video he found on YouTube and if you want to see more videos, check out this Stonehenge Youtube Playlist for more awesome videos!