What was Stonehenge used for?


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No one knows what Stonehenge was used for, but its solstice alignment and burial sites found in the complex indicate it was probably used for ceremonies concerning the dead. More far-fetched theories include use as an alien landing strip or as a healing temple.

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Stonehenge's giant stones were erected between 3000 and 1500 B.C., predating the Druids by about 2,000 years. The Druids may have used Stonehenge for astronomical purposes, but there is no evidence they used it in any ceremonial way. While Stonehenge was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans, it seems to have been ancient even to them.

There are several smaller ancient henges, or giant stone circles, scattered throughout the British Isles and western Europe. No one knows for certain what their original use was.

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