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Woodhenge* – Stonehenge

Woodhenge from the air

Woodhenge is a Neolithic monument, dating from about 2300 BC, originally made up of six concentric rings of timber posts within a circular bank and ditch. Like Stonehenge, it is aligned on the midsummer sunrise.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.16530

OS Grid reference: SU 151 434

Suggested time for visit: 20 min

Stonehenge

Stonehenge in silhouette

Stonehenge and Avebury are respectively the most sophisticated and largest stone circles in the world. Together with the outstanding ritual and funerary monuments surrounding them, they represent an incomparable testimony to prehistoric times. Although 40 km apart, they were designated as a single World Heritage Site in 1986.

The Stonehenge part of the World Heritage Site covers 2,600 hectares and contains over 400 protected monuments. Stonehenge itself was built and used between 3000-1600 BC. It is the most architecturally sophisticated stone circle in the world, unrivalled in its design and unique engineering. A cremation cemetery in its early phase, it is aligned on the sun at the solstices, but its exact function remains a mystery. The stone circle is surrounded by hundreds of prehistoric burial mounds and by several ceremonial monuments such as the Avenue, the Cursus, Woodhenge and Durrington Walls.

Stonehenge website