By Patti Wigington
All around Europe, and in other parts of the world, stone circles can be found. While the most famous of all is certainly Stonehenge, thousands of stone circles exist around the globe. From a small cluster of four or five standing stones, to a full ring of megaliths, the image of the stone circle is one that is known to many as a sacred space.
More Than Just a Pile of Rocks:
Archaeological evidence indicates that in addition to being used as places of burial, the purpose of stone circles was probably connected to agricultural events, such as the summer solstice. Although no one knows for sure why these structures were built, many of them are aligned with the sun and moon, and form complex prehistoric calendars. Although we often think of ancient peoples as being primitive and uncivilized, clearly some significant knowledge of astronomy, engineering, and geometry was needed to complete these early observatories.