Findings of a decade long study reveal that the Stonehenge was not built by aliens. The monument was built as a symbol of unification between some warring tribes of Britain, establishes the study.
These tribes had been at daggers for centuries and the Stonehenge was built to cement their alliance, noted researchers from New Sheffield University who had been working with historians from four other universities.
The new findings thus dispel the notion that the iconic stone monument was influenced by extra terrestrials or by ancient Egyptians. The monuments suspected linkage to Summer Solstice, which attracts modern pagans, also stands refuted.
The dispelled notions
The 10-year-old archaeological investigation, in unambiguous terms, nullifies the perceptions that Stonehenge was a prehistoric observatory, or a sun temple, or a place of healing, or a temple of the ancient druids.
“When Stonehenge was built there was a growing island-wide culture - the same styles of houses, pottery and other material forms were used from Orkney to the south coast,” said professor Mike Parker Pearson, of Sheffield University.
“This was very different to the regionalism of previous centuries. The building of the monument also underlined the new spirit of co-operation,” he said.
The construction of Stonehenge was a monumental task which would have required thousands of laborers to carry stones from west Wales to the site north of Salisbury where the monuments stands today. Shaping these stones and erecting them into their present shape would also have required enormous time and effort.
“Just the work itself, requiring everyone literally to pull together, would have been an act of unification,” averred Pearson.
The monument has special historic significance as it forms an axis between the directions of midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset.
“When we stumbled across this extraordinary natural arrangement of the sun’s path being marked in the land, we realised that prehistoric people selected this place to build Stonehenge because of its pre-ordained significance,” explained Professor Pearson.