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New on 500px : Stonhenge by roliketto by roliketto

Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in the English county of Wiltshire, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is the remains of a ring of standing stones set within earthworks. It is in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Archaeologists believe it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC.

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New on 500px : Majestic Bluestones by Mandy_A by Mandy_A

The bluestones at Stonehenge were placed there during the third phase of construction at Stonehenge around 2300 BC. The stones weigh between 2 and 4 tons each. The majority of them are believed to have been brought from the Preseli Hills, about 250 miles away in Wales!

The “henge” portion has given its name to a class of monuments known as henges. Archaeologists define henges as earthworks consisting of a circular banked enclosure with an internal ditch.

The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986.

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