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The Stonehenge Monument

There are over 900 rings of stone located in the British Isles. The most famous of these stone rings is Stonehenge.

Stonehenge is in England. Stonehenge is a mysterious sight. There's these huge stones arranged in a circle, with some stones lying on top of others. Who could've built this monument?

Stonehenge is really old! It is between 4,000 and 5,000 years old! So, it was probably built by the Neolithic people of Britain. Neolithic is a fancy name for the farmers and people who lived in England long ago. Stonehenge might have been a temple or a graveyard. Astronomy did take place at Stonehenge, it's just difficult to tell exactly what went on there.

Stonehenge probably required more than 30 million hours of labor. Certain stones may have been brought from over 240 miles away! And this was before cars, trucks and highways! Stonehenge must have been important to this Neolithic community to put so much time and effort into it.

Last modified September 13, 2000 by Jennifer Bergman.

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