Salisbury and Stonehenge

Salisbury Cathedral and the English countryside from the top of old Sarum

This past weekend ONeill and Carol and I traveled to Salisbury in order to see the Cathedral and Stonehenge which is just a few miles outside the city. (You can visit Carol’s blog for an alternate and much lengthier accountinflatable backyard obstacle challenge.) The Cathedral was very impressive (I especially enjoyed the cloisters) and we were also permitted to view one of the original copies of the Magna Carta Sportspark60, which dates from 1215!

Next we took a tour bus to Stonehenge where we experienced the ancient site. Stonehenge originated in the Neolithic period and dates from¬†3500 BC until 1500 BC (as the circular mound was carved out earlier and the stones placed later in its history). As you know, there are many myths and legends about the famous henge, which does invoke a sense of mystery and awe in the viewer. To this day historians and archeologists are divided on the purpose and meaning of the site, although a location of religious importance, a kind of calendar keeper, and a burial site/monument have all been posited. However, there are also many fantastical explanations. Some of my favorites include: the stones were flown/magicked there by Merlin (possible since they did come from Wales, the most likely historical location of King Arthur’s court), they were beamed there by aliens (unlikely since they are contemporary to the Pyramids, so we know the aliens were busy in Egypt at the time) and that they were built by the Druids (impossible, since the Druids came hundreds of years later). We certainly didn’t solve the mystery, but ¬†were content to soak it in and try and capture it on film.Tente gonflable maison

Stonehenge

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2 Responses to Salisbury and Stonehenge

  1. Ashley says:

    Another neat theory is that Stonehenge had a sister-site at one point in history dubbed Woodhenge. It was thought that Stonehenge served as a funerary site (not a burial site, mind you) because of its location, which would have been situated West from Woodhenge. The funerary processional would begin at Woodhenge (wood represented a living thing; East = rising of the sun), continue down a road/path that was situated next to a river, and would end at Stonehenge (stone represented the coldness of death; West = sunset; like the sun, life must end one day). Anyway, it’s a beautiful theory and there is evidence to support it. While there is no longer any wood at Woodhenge, there are post holes that are almost identical to Stonehenge’s and the shapes of each structure are identical.

    I think the reason that some Druids think that their people built Stonehenge is because there is another site located close-by that purportedly held a similar structure to Stonehenge once upon a time. In Glastonbury there is a Tor that some legends state once had a stone circle structure resting atop it, and so Salisbury and Glastonbury’s Tor could have easily been confused with one another. Those legends often speak of Druidic practices that took place on the Tor, so I wonder if it’s just a matter of location and not structure.

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