Beginning this week we started to learn about what I personally believe to be one of the most interesting topics in archaeology, Stonehenge. Stonehenge has always been one my favorite topics. When I was younger I remember watching documentaries and learning about Stonehenge in class. Teachers were always trying to tell you how they thought Stonehenge was created and what they believed were the reasons for why. I have always loved hearing the many different theories that people have on the origins of archaeological sites, and Stonehenge has plenty. It is interesting how we can know so little about the actual origins of Stonehenge yet know so much about the site itself. Even media loves to use the mystery surrounding Stonehenge to draw in an audience. Recently you can see in the movie “Thor the Dark World” the idea that the stones were brought together from many different worlds when portals appear above the site that link the different realms together. I remember reading a book called “The Doom Stone” when I was younger that had a story centered on Stonehenge, and a grisly monster. It is amazing to see what humans will come up with when sites like Stonehenge are blanketed in mystery. It was interesting to hear in class about the four major theories that surrounded the origin of Stonehenge and how some of them were backed by reputable scholars. I was quite surprised today when we didn’t talk about the fact that many people believe Stonehenge was built by aliens. Out of all of the many different theories I have heard the idea that aliens built Stonehenge is the one I have heard the most. It is unbelievable that people believe that humans are so incapable of creating such interesting and astonishing sites such as Stonehenge or even the Pyramids of Giza.
We also learned today about the summer solstice celebration that is held every year at Stonehenge. What I didn’t realize is how big of an event this is. Every year thousands of people of all ages and from all over the world attend the festivities to celebrate the summer solstice. It leaves me in awe that so many people go to Stonehenge to celebrate such an event. Based on the videos and pictures I have seen it looks like a beautiful sight. It must be an amazing feeling standing within Stonehenge and experiencing the sunrise. I hope that someday I am able to witness the event for myself.