Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Stonehenge, one of the great Seven Wonders
of the World, but what do we really know about it. What was its purpose,
how was it built and by whom. Many different answers come up when
asking the question "What was the purpose of Stonehenge", some say that
it was a horrid place, which the Druids used for religious sacrifice, but
most others have a more positive idea. A temple of the sun, a Pagan

Cathedral, or a holy sanctuary in the midst of blessed ground, or maybe
a clock or even a place to Predict Eclipses. No one really knows
what it was used for; this is due to a great number of facts surrounding
all of these ideas. Many ideas come up when talking about why this
great structure was built along with an equal amount on who built it.

The Druids is the most common response because the Druids inhabited most
of the area in which Stonehenge is built. The Pagans are another
common answer to this age old question because of the building structure
of Stonehenge how it resembles a Pagan Cathedral. Whoever built Stonehenge,
they were an extremely advanced society either on purpose or by complete
fluke. Many say that because of Stonehenge’s exact solar and lunar
alignment. That is was the most common thought is that it was built
to predict eclipses for worshiping. The following essay is going
to state the facts and myths about the great Stonehenge. By the end
of this essay, hopefully a solid conclusion will be found to be the most
plausible answer for Stonehenges construction.

The moon, it has been a sight for all
over time. Back long ago little was none of the reasons for an eclipses,
it was thought to be a sing from the gods. In a society which worshiped
gods for all the mysteries of the world, the eclipse must have been very
special. The builders of Stonehenge must have been marveled at the
sight of this holy event, which happened every four years. Most likely
the great Stonehenge was built to be a prediction device for the eclipse.

Many people have studied Stonehenge and many have found that the stones
are mathematically placed to show when and eclipse might occur. "In
favor of this solution - that the Aubrey holes were used as a computer
– are these facts: the number 56 is the smallest number that measures the
swing of the moon with an over-all accuracy of better than 3 days, and
lunar cycles provide the only method of long-range eclipse prediction related
to the seasons of the year."

So taking in to account that Stonehenge
could predict eclipses another thought is that it was just used for predicting
the full moon. The full moon meant new life, so perhaps they used

Stonehenge for ceremonies to worship new life. Seasons changed, and
the people of British Isles had no idea why all of a sudden the weather
would begin to change and the day’s length increase or decrease.

That is why experts say that it was used to predict the winter and summer
solstice and the spring and fall equinox. " The earth moves around
the sun in an orbit that is nearly a circle, and the axis of rotation of
the earth maintains an effectively fixed direction. The orientation
of the sun to the two hemispheres of the Earth changes during the year,
and this change causes the seasons."

Stonehenge was not only, many other sites
of similar age or older are linked to Stonehenge. There was the Cursus,
and Woodhenge. Cursus "meaning Course in Latin" has similar features,
which shows that Stonehenge was not by accident. "Archaeologists
think that the inner Woodhenge structure erected after the outlying ditch
and bank were placed, probably by the same Secondary Neolithic people who
started Stonehenge." Woodhenge, some say it was like a rough draft
of the monument, built to exact proportions from which builders could use
while constructing the stone version. Another reason for Woodhenge is that
it was used for housing for the men who built Stonehenge. With that
in mind, you can draw the conclusion that the constructors cared for the
people building their structure. To support that theory, objects
like pottery and household odds and ends have been found showing us that
a few people did live there at one point in time.

Back when Stonehenge was built people had
no way of telling the time. Perhaps the Druids wished to keep records
of events. Stonehenge is said by some to be one widespread sundial,
a clock used in ancient times. When the sun rises