Was Stonehenge Built For Pre-historic Astronomy?
Stonehenge is a megalithic monument that was built over a millennium. Scholars find the reason for its construction very intriguing. Studies show that the original structure was probably repurposed as burial mounds for the elite and important people. What would cause pre-historic builders to create a massive monument?
Some expert scholars believe that Stonehenge was constructed as an astronomical observatory possibly used by astronomer-priests in the ancient time. Studies have confirmed that the ceremonial entrances of Stonehenge are aligned to the solstices and equinox. Detailed analysis of the stones original positions show that it aligned with other astronomical imagery and celestial bodies. This offers an explanation for building the megalithic monument exactly where it is, with the bluestones and sarsen stones brought in from distant quarries. The method of transferring these stones is still unknown and subject to scholarly debate.
In ancient time, people believed in the mystical properties of the megaliths in Stonehenge. Some scholars and investigators are convinced that the stone circles are connected by lines of force and psychic energy called ley lines.
The idea came from Alfred Watkins, an archeologist and antiquarian, who wrote that ancient structures in Britain were built in a given alignment between, and across, the landscapes of the land. These tracks are said to have been used for trading and commerce, but they may have had a spiritual purposes. Stonehenge is among the sacred spaces that intersect with ley lines. Two other significant locations in southern England, Glastonbury and Avebury, are aligned with Stonehenge to form a perfect right angled triangle. These alignment suggest ancient astronomical and geometric practices.
Is the prehistoric geometry connected to the mystical energy of the ley lines? It is said that these ley lines are energy channels and sacred ways for ceremonial and ritualistic purposes. Supporting this claim are archaelogical finds near Stonehenge that show evidence of large gatherings at the site.