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!