StoneHenge

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I have always been fascinated by the architecture of the massive rock formations or megalith construction during the Neolithic period. Stonehenge is the most well-known of these constructions, and it is an impressive piece that represents a culture that was thriving and very socially dependent and a corporative society. Avebury is another famous example of megalith structures. Stonehenge and Avebury bear a striking resemblance to one another in the way it was constructed and designed. The United Nations have a Statement of Significance for both of the Parks that these amazing structures stand: “Stonehenge is one of the most impressive prehistoric megalithic monuments in the world on account of the sheer size of its megaliths, the sophistication of its concentric plan and architectural design, the shaping of the stones, uniquely using both Wiltshire Sarsen sandstone and Pembroke Bluestone, and the precision with which it was built. At Avebury, the massive Henge, containing the largest prehistoric stone circle in the world, and Silbury Hill, the largest prehistoric mound in Europe, demonstrate the outstanding engineering skills which were used to create masterpieces of earthen and megalithic architecture.” There has been much debate and exploration of these megalith formations and creations, but based on many findings throughout Western Europe, it is believed to be the center villages of religious and funeral rights. A hub of social and cultural interaction. For example it is believed that the trilithon design, two stones with one on top was possibly a symbol of the path after life and death being a gate way. The stone circles where created using sandstone and blue stone, both of which had to be brought from distances to the sight o... ... middle of paper ... ...onehenge and Avebury you have art, depictions of life during the end of the Neolithic and beginning of the Bronze Age. Through laser scanning it was discovered that thousands of pictures carved, painted and drawn exists on the stones, they have just been worn away with time. So you had more solid representation of life being presented in architecture and art, pottery instead of baskets, stone buildings and sculptures, permanent housing and burial sites much larger and expansive then any we had seen yet. You see the possibilities of healing centers and organized religion. You see the tracking of the sun in a lot of stone monuments, referring to life span or harvest, but showing a connection of life and the certainty of death. The art represented here is so very fitting, stone and earth, representing a strong and determined culture that thrived in harsh conditions.

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