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Stonehenge’s purpose still a matter of debate

For more than 1,500 years, countless Neolithic and Bronze Age peoples labored to build the mysterious stone structure known as Stonehenge. Why? What was its purpose? Legend once tied the structure to the Druids, but it was built far earlier than their era and there is no evidence they took any interest in it at all.

The first hint as to its purpose came around 1840, when a Rev. Edward Duke remarked that certain stones seemed to line up with the midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset. Sir Norman Lockyer tried to establish the age of Stonehenge in 1901 by calculating when midsummer sunrise would have aligned with the structure’s major axis. His date of 2000 B.C. was off by centuries, but he reinforced the idea that Stonehenge was connected to lunar and solar events.

Read the original article at: Bangor Daily News

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