Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, two
miles west of Amesbury. It consists of a ring of standing
stones, with each standing stone around 13 feet high, seven
feet wide and weighing around 25 tons. The stones are set
within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic
and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial
Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. The
surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the
earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC.
Radiocarbon dating suggests that the first bluestones were raised
between 2400 and 2200 BC, although they may have been at the site
as early as 3000 BC.
Photo 82, 1979