A Study of Stonehenge Essay

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A Study of Stonehenge

A Study of Stonehenge
I. Introduction
Significance of the study
Statement of the problem
II. Stonehenge Facts
A. Location
B. Materials Used and Structure
C. Stonehenge Today
III. The History of the Stonehenge
A. Myths and Legends
B. Mysteries
C. Wonder of the World?
IV. Conclusion

I. Introduction
No place has generated so much speculation and wild theories as the standing stones of Stonehenge. After traveling for miles through the rolling hills and plains of the English countryside the sight of this unusual structure made me gasp. A walk around it only provoked more strange feelings. There's a sense that this is something very important. For over 5000 years it has stood silent vigil over the
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While I can't say with any degree of certainty what it was for, we can say that it wasn't constructed for any casual purpose. Only something very important to the ancients would have been worth the effort and investment that it took to construct Stonehenge. I believe with all the information I have gathered I can only ask myself this question:
II. Stonehenge Facts
A. Location
It is located about 18.5 miles (30 km) south of the Avebury site and 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Salisbury, in Wiltshire, England.
B. Materials Used and Structure
Its general architecture has also been subjected to centuries of weathering. The monument consists of a number of structural elements, mostly circular in plan. On the outside is a circular ditch, with a bank immediately within it, all interrupted by an entrance gap on the northeast, leading to a straight path called the Avenue. At the center of the circle is a stone setting consisting of a horseshoe of tall uprights of sarsen (Tertiary sandstone) encircled by a ring of tall sarsen uprights, all originally capped by horizontal sarsen stones in a post-and-lintel arrangement. Within the sarsen stone circle were also configurations of smaller and lighter bluestones (igneous rock of diabase, rhyolite, and volcanic ash), but most of these bluestones have disappeared. Additional stones include the Altar Stone, the Slaughter Stone, the Heel Stone, and the Station stones, and the last standing on
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