Campaign Chunk Volume 11.02 – Stonehenge
West of Amesbury and 8 miles north of Salisbury, in Whiltshire, England, lies a prehistoric monument known as Stonehenge. Stonehenge is a ring of standing stones that are set within earthworks in the middle of what is considered to be the densest complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England. It is believed to have built over 5,000 years ago in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC.
The Stonehenge complex is made up of several large stones known as sarsens which are up to 30 meters tall and weigh around 25 tonnes. There are also many smaller stones, known as “bluestones” which are believed to have come from several sites in Wales
The land on which the ancient monument stood was held in private hands until 1912 when Cecil Chubb, a local man who had purchased Stonehenge from the Atrobus family at an auction three years previously, gave it to the nation. Many years later, The National Trust (a conservation organisation in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) acquired much of the land around the site to help preserve and restore the landscape.
Due to its placement and arrangement of the stones, on the summer solstice, at dawn, the sun aligns with a stone known as the Heel stone. This is considered by many druids and pagans to be one of the most important ties of the year, and ceremonies are normally held. Anyone standing within the stone circle, looking north-east through the entrance, would see the Sun rise in the approximate direction of the heel stone
Hooks & Rumours
- In 1977 the stones were dropped off. Authorities claimed it was due to erosion, but there were rumors of a report that something had been found buried very near to the main monument that was worrying those who looked after it.
- With many connections to Arthurian legend, Stonehenge was believed to have built by Merlin. This was often regarded as a myth and fanciful tale. During a storm one of the larger stones was loose and whilst restoring it to its correct location, an odd and very precise series or marks were found on the stone that some are saying is the mark of Merlin. These marks would be hard to make with this precision and accuracy with today’s technology.
- In a burial mound not far from the main area, a series of sealed clay jars have been found. Early tests indicate that these jars contained some kind of radioactive material. What makes things more interesting is that there was found in a pattern aligning them towards the stone circle.
- Those who believe in ley-lines say that Stonehenge is at a nexus of major and important lines. A few people believe that something big is coming and Stonehenge will be at the center of it. So far they are keeping quite as to what this is, but it seems to be something they are looking forward to.
- May of the leading local druids have been told that this year they can not use Stonehenge for their religious ceremonies. A legal battle is underway to overturn this ruling and to find out why. In any interview about the matter, authorities end the interview abruptly and walk away when the subject matter is brought up.
Inspired by – Stonehenge
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