12 January 2013

#162 Exeter, England | GB-387883

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, as described in the chronology below. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were raised between 2400 and 2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been raised at the site as early as 3000 BC.

The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC.

Date of Inscription on the List of UNESCO: 1986

Date of Issue: 2012 - London 2012 - Gold Medal Winner Mo Farah

Thank you, Susan (Sukey111) !

Received on: January 12, 2013
Travel time: 14 days
Distance: 1937 km (1204 miles)

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