Snooping Around Stonehenge

Have you ever wondered whether or not Stonehenge was real? Do you believe all of the rumours and myths about aliens or conspiracies? Or do you think that it’s just a nice tourist attraction to go look at?

When I went to England, I couldn’t turn down the chance to go see the controversial rocks. I was excited and daunted by their fame, but upon closer inspection I started to think that they just might be fake

As we pulled off the A303, I got my first look at the circular stone formation in the distance. This highly anticipated moment was a bit of a let down; they were just a bunch of rocks sitting in a field on the side of the highway. Did we even need to bother with admission?

Well, we did anyway. We paid our way through and crossed under the little tunnel to get to the main site.

There they were.

Hmm.. not very exciting, but still interesting.

We wandered around the pathway that surrounded the rocks. We couldn’t get very close, because a long rope fence looped around the entire structure. I had thought that we would be able to get closer than this, so it was another let down.

We viewed Stonehenge from every direction, slowly making our way around the grounds. We stopped to sit on a bench for awhile, watching the rocks, and watching the tourists.

That’s when we noticed it. On the bottom of a number of rocks, there was a smaller brown area. The “rock” on top seemed to give way to what appeared to be a metal frame, or something supporting the stone. The more I looked, the more the stones started to look fake.

I’m definitely not a paranoid person, and I certainly don’t think that there are any conspiracies going on… but what IS that??

We gave up trying to come up with reasonable explanations and completed our trip around the circle. We made one last stop at a lone stone just off the side of the path. Random.

We stopped for a few silly photos before leaving, and drove away from Stonehenge feeling even more confused than before.

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6 Responses to “Snooping Around Stonehenge”

  1. Jensje
    November 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    Good to read the admission wasn’t really worth it! We just had a quick stopover on the way back home last weekend 😛
    The sheep were there, so was the sun for a change. So from a distance it wasn’t possible to find out the log you were wondering about. Coming up next on flickr…

  2. Jodi
    November 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    I don’t see the metal frame you’re talking about. I must be blind! Haha. I don’t really care to see Stonehenge… But my boyfriend INSISTS we see it when we go to England.

  3. jessica
    December 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    My family and I just returned from Stonehenge, and immediately my husband thought it was FAKE! I think they built it when they realised they could make money from tourists, maybe 100+ years ago, not sure when. A few things we noticed:
    1. The rocks lying on the top seem to straight-edged if they are “ancient”, especially because of the weather conditions there. They appear to have been cut.
    2. There is a rock jutting out at the exit that is mottled and pocked on the surface and appears very old. Why do the rocks in the stonehenge, which are supposedly ancient not have this appearance, but appear much smoother. Weren’t they in the same weather conditions?
    3. Where in England are there similar examples of Stonehenge, ancient temples that appear in this manner and could have been sundials etc…?
    4. Where is there nearby a village with stone foundations/artifacts that are from the same time period and use the similar material/stone? I would expect there to be a nearby ancient village.
    5. It looks like it was recently placed or set upon the earth/dirt.
    6. Where are the artifacts that should be unearthed or apparently, like the “pillars” were, lying there…?
    7. Where are the missing columns? Shouldn’t they be lying there/half there/displayed (perhaps in a row on the ground, if they cannot be stood up?), or unearthed if they existed. Especially since the other stones appear to be in such good/whole condition.
    8. It would be easy for British of recent centuries, having conquest in other parts of the world, to re-create a temple/sundial type ancient temple, based on what they have seen in other ancient excavation sites in the developing world.
    9. It would be easy for anyone to measure the project in advance to leave spaces for the missing columns to make it look authentic.
    10. It’s proximity to London is IDEAL for ripping-off tourists….HHHMMMMMMM.
    11. Stone cannot be carbon-dated. Easy to say it’s OOOOLLLLLDDDD. Rocks are old. Doesn’t mean they were put there by “ancient tribal people”.
    12. Would be covered in dirt by now…at some odd angle at least. However, doesn’t appear unearthed.
    13. Where are the historical mentions in text and very old writings about this structure? Seriously wondering…

    • Seattle
      December 31, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

      Woah, that’s a lot of good points! I’m not sure what exactly the reason could be–perhaps tourism, as you mentioned–but I have to agree. I’m pretty convinced it’s fake, haha. Thanks for the comment :]

  4. Robert Wilson
    January 26, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    Interesting, it has never occured to me that Stonehenge is fake. Years ago you could walk among the stones. These days I prefer Avebury (about 20 miles to the south) which is owned by the National Trust and you can walk among the stones.

    • Seattle
      January 26, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      There are still a couple of times throughout the year that you can walk among the stones.. on the solstices, etc. That’s interesting, I’d like to see Avebury too.

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