Over this whole semester, I have learned about many amazing archaeological sites and their cultures. Learning about the Great Pyramids of Giza, The Boy King Tutankhamun, Machu Picchu and the Inca and many more sites make me happy that I chose to take Great Discoveries in Archaeology as an elective for my major. Not only have I learned about all these amazing sites, I also learned the importance of Archaeology as a whole. I learned that it’s important to how we react to stress, its environmental impact, and its behavior over time.
Through all the sites that we have learned about, I found learning about Stonehenge to be one of the most interesting. I found Stonehenge to be captivating because I have always wanted to visit England and the mighty Stonehenge within Wilcher. Someday when I visit the megalithic site of Stonehenge, I will know all about the site and how it came to be because of this ANP 264 course. I also learned even more information about it while researching the site of Avebury, just thirty miles north of Stonehenge, for my Archaeology project.
One reason I find Stonehenge to be so fascinating because there’s no direct answer to who created Stonehenge. There were four theories we learned in class of who could have possibly created the megalithic site. Theories of those creating it such as the Devil, Merlin from King Arthur, the Romans, and the Druids. When I first heard the Devil and Merlin could be the possible creators I couldn’t help hiding the shock on my face. When the Romans and Druids were mentioned, I thought they could be plausible creators. Mostly the Druids because it was John Aubrey who first linked Stonehenge to the Druids. And he became so involved in the Druid religion, that he became one himself.
I also find Stonehenge to be so captivating because not only do archaeologists not know who built it, but what it was used for exactly. Archaeologists know the history of its construction and that it was a source of unification and built in a ritual landscape. They believe that it was used for astronomical purposes, an observatory of some sort. I thought learning about the activity that happens at the Stonehenge during the summer and winter solstice to be so interesting. How during the summer solstice there’s a huge gathering of people who come together and experience the solstice. And how during the winter solstice some present day people who call themselves Druids witness the solstice together.
As a whole, it’s because of these reasons that I found the megalithic site of Stonehenge to seem so exciting and intriguing. And learning that the Stonehenge is also known as the “Land of the Dead.” Once again, I am also happy that I had the chance to take this course.