More Than Stonehenge

Stonehenge in Wiltshire is perhaps the most famous of Britain’s prehistoric sites.  Its massive sarsens, are up to 9 meters tall and weigh 25 tons (22.6 metric tons).  The smaller bluestones are still massive and a major feat of engineering to have brought them to the site and erect them.  But for all its wonder the Henge is not alone in the British landscape.

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In Wales there are several ancient stone structures, and while not as grand as their Wiltshire counterpart, they remain wonders of engineering.  Pentre Ifan near Newport is one such structure.  It has a commanding view over the surrounding hills, and shows the importance and organisation of the leader who had it built.

 

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The county of Norfolk on the opposite coast was the site of what has come to be known as Seahenge. This timber circle found near Old Hunstanton was made up of an outer ring of  fifty-five small split oak trunks forming an enclosure of 7 by 6 metres. In the centre of the ring was a large inverted oak stump. The preserved timbers and a reconstruction are on display in the county’s King’s Lynn Museum.

Britain offers more than its fair share of prehistoric wonders.  From henges to ancient causeways, to chalk horses and giants, Britain’s ancient monuments wait to be explored.

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