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Stonehenge: Ancient Alien Theory

The site of Stonehenge as had historians and archaeologists for years wondering how was this prehistoric monument built without any advanced engineering knowledge nor advanced tools.

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire, England, about 2 miles (3 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones-set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

Archaeologists believe it took 1,500 years to build and was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that Bluestones may have been raised at the site as early as 3000 BC.

The outer ring is made up from Sarsen sandstone slabs excavated from local quarries in Salisbury Plain, whilst the the inner ring of stones are built with Bluestone rocks that were quarried from the Preseli Hills in Wales, nearly 200 miles away from the actual site of Stonehenge.

You have to ask yourself, how were these neolithic people able to transport these stones weighing 4-tons over great distances 5000 years ago when they had no advanced moving machinery.

As there is no definitive answer to how Stonehenge was engineered by the neolithic people, you have to wondered were they solely responsible for it’s creation.  If you take into that the possibility  of Ancient Aliens as author Erich von Daniken among others developed a modern take on the Merlin hypothesis.  This modernised hypothesis was derived by advocates of the ancient alien theory, also known as the ancient astronaut theory, which considered that extraterrestrial beings with superior knowledge of science and engineering came to Earth thousands of years ago, sharing their knowledge with early neolithic  civilisations here on Earth.

The author Erich von Daniken, also considered the primary proponent of the ancient alien theory, suggested the creation of Stonehenge was a model of our solar system, serving as the solar and lunar calendar.  Supporting evidence as also found upon observing the area around the circular arrangement of stones that connect at a point, then extend out hundreds of meters away from the site, with an extending pathway pointing directly in line to where the Sun would lie during the summer solstice.  In turn representing a believed model of the neolithic Solar System, they believed consisted of 9 planets. From this early representation of our Solar System, Daniken purposed that the stone circle served as a landing pad for spaceships or as an observatory for extraterrestrial activity amongst the skies. It was also believed that the excavation of the trenches directed outward pointed towards ancient historic sites, another stretch of this belief advocates the idea that they served as identifiers for extraterrestrial beings acknowledging that the planet is inhabited with advanced life.

Daniken further claimed that ancient art and iconography throughout the world depicted air and space vehicles, non-human intelligent creatures, along with artifacts of advanced technology that weren’t seen to fit amongst the neolithic period. The question then appears as to how these anachronistically objects found amongst periods preceding the technology of the period. Were ancient aliens the helping hand that guided civilizations to advance technologically and intellectually, pushing the development of our known world slowly over thousands of years? Modern scientific explanations cannot yet give an explanation as to how boulders weighing nearly 4-tons were transported over such great distance to Stonehenge without adequate technology. Therefore, until proven wrong the speculation around Stonehenge is to be consumed with endless possibilities of it’s mystifying construction along with the role it played in the neolithic period in which it arose.

Source: sarahhun  http://anthropology.msu.edu/

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Liam Serrant is a freelance website developer. In his spare time he likes watching and reading about UFOs and Ancient Alien Theories. He also runs the website The Unexplained Vault.

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