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About 2 hours west of London, England, in a town called Wiltshire lies one of the most famous sites in the world – Stonehenge.

On one hand, Stonehenge is just another tourist trap – a ring of standing rocks carefully guarded by roped pathways and on-site attendants. There are audio tours, souvenirs, crowds of visitors, and all other signs of a typical tourist attraction. But if you take some time to truly understand the cultural and historical significance of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will undoubtedly see its appeal.

Stonehenge, England

Stonehenge, England

The area around Stonehenge is one of the most archaeologically rich sites in Europe, home to many important finds from the Neolithic and Bronze Age and over 200 other monuments. The Stonehenge monument itself was built between 4,000-5,000 years ago, long before the technology to transport these massive stones was ever invented.

How did the ancient people transport the stones, some of which weigh over 22 ton, and why did they do it, is a question that remains unanswered.

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What are some of the theories you’ve heard about the construction of this incredible sight?