Fun Fact Friday: Stonehenge

Did you know that Stonehenge, the ring of standing stones in Wiltshire, England, was built over 1,000 years ago? It’s true! Here are some other fun facts about Stonehenge:

  • Some of the individual stones weigh over 25 tons.
  • Certain stones used in the construction were volcanic rock, which means they had to have come from over 200 miles away!
  • Stonehenge is only one of over 900 stone circles in Britain.
  • Historians aren’t sure why it was built or what purpose it served.
  • Some believe it was an observatory, as it was built so that it aligns with the midwinter sunset and the midsummer sunset.
  • As such, it took knowledge of complex geometry and mathematics in order to align it.
  • Stonehenge is at least 300 years older than the pyramids.
  • Of all the stones, only one has carvings on it (daggers and axes).
  • No one knows how it was constructed, or how the stones were lifted or carried.
  • Stonehenge is technically owned by the British Crown.

Want to learn more about Stonehenge? Check out the World of Stonehenge series on Discovery Education Streaming!

Comments

  1. jmiller

    It can’t be both 1000 years old and older than the pyramids.

    • Beck

      It says that is OVER 1,000 years old. Read more closely. :)

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