Old Architecture: Stonehenge

The origins of Stonehenge, a prehistoric monumental structure located 80 miles southwest of London, England are still debated by historians and geologists today. They believe it was made long before the Druids and that it would have taken impossible manpower and resources, especially for that time period, to create it.

The monument consists of large stones strategically placed in a circular pattern that resides with the movement of the lunar cycles and the rising of the sun. The bluestones and the sarsen stones are not stones found in the area where the site was built, according to historians, these stones are found between 20 – 150 miles away from the sits location. The stones are believed to weigh between 2 to 5 tons and would require some sort of device and many, many hours to transport them to the site.

The mystery of this structure goes even further, there is no written record of what Stonehenge was used for. However, there are several theories. Some believe it was a memorial site to hundreds of Britons that were slayed by the Saxons.

Others believe it was a magical healing site and a sacred Druid temple. Another theory is that it was an astronomical computer used to predict eclipses. Some others believe it to be some sort of landing pad for alien spaceships.

Whatever the truth may be behind the origins of this massive, incredible structure, it is one of the oldest and most fascinating architectural sites in our world’s history. The circular shape of its design speaks to the movements in architecture and design we see today with geodomes and permaculture. It is definitely something to be visited one day to experience a piece of our ancient civilization.