Neil Oliver takes a final look at how Stonehenge might have been used by ancient peoples by inspecting animal remains at Durrington Walls.
But despite all the competing theories, innovative experiments and new discoveries, Stonehenge still holds on to some of its most precious secrets. And in the end, perhaps it’s that enduring mystery which keeps Stonehenge alive in our collective imaginations.
The Winter Solstice is now thought to be of greater significance to Stonehenge due to the changing society and the seasonal farming influences.
This idea that Stonehenge was built to mark the midwinter solstice is an enduring one and it has firmly entered into the public consciousness. Today, many people visit the site on the shortest day of the year.
The controversy to identift the Stonehenge builders rumbles on; the Romans, the Druids OR a Bronze Age Mycenaean civilisation of the Eastern Mediterranean.
William Stukeley’s Druid theory has lingered on in the public consciousness despite a century of archaeological evidence to the contrary. Its tenacity demonstrates the power of a romantic idea. Sometimes a fiction is simply more appealing than the truth.
Experimental Archaeology like the project in Raising Stonehenge helps scientists understand the challenges ancient man would have faced.
What’s interesting with experiments at Stonehenge is that almost all of them have been done for television. So we get this great visual spectacle and a wide public thinks about how Stonehenge was built.
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