Stonehenge: A Rocky Review

Stonehenge, located 85 miles from London

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument that is estimated to have been built between 3000 to 2000 BC in Wiltshire, England. The stones are Bluestone, Sarsen, and Welsh Sandstone, and there is very little evidence as to how the monument was actually built. It remains a mystery as to why it was built or how it was used, and the immense size and weight of the rocks poses the question of how a prehistoric population was able to transport such huge rocks from over 200 miles away. This monument has withstood thousands of years and to this day remains standing picturesque in the middle of vast grassy hills.

As mind blowing as all this is, I found this excursion to be incredibly boring. Putting all the history and wonder aside, the whole exhibit was looking at rocks. Yes, they are large and put in a specific design, but they are not the biggest rocks I’ve ever seen, or in unusual shapes, or different colours.

And yes, of course it is incredible to imagine a population that existed 5000 years ago walking on the same grounds I walk on today. It’s hard to picture what they could have looked like, or sounded like, or talked about. How did they use the monument? It must have been very important to them, to have gone through the trouble to move such enormous rock across hundreds of miles.

Contrary to how it may seem, I am actually very interested in ancient civilizations, including the Egyptians and Greeks, and so on. But a full 60 minutes of staring at a pile of rocks just did not spark my interest. For me, the excursion could have been made much more interesting. There were audio guides to rent for a couple pounds, but the que to do so was long and did not seem worth it to listen to a monotone voice talk about boring facts. It would have been more interesting to some type of pre-tour history and myth exhibit to engage and educate the tour-goers before seeing the monument.

Speaking of tour-goers, there was certainly a lot of them. The crowds around the monument were large even at 10 am on a Sunday. It was difficult to get pictures and even when I could get a good shot, there were multiple people in the background.

Busy crowds around Stonehenge

All in all I do not regret visiting the ancient site Stonehenge, because it is famous for its incredible mystery as to its origin and use.  It was a free excursion, so I couldn’t justify NOT going. After all, it is one of the Medival World Wonders. Just to be able to say “I have seen Stonehenge” is cool. Besides that, I was not impressed.

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