World Heritage Day Monday 18 April 2022
World Heritage Day (originally known as the International Monuments and Sites Day) is a global celebration of this planet’s heritage.…Read more
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Stonehenge and Avebury are respectively the most sophisticated, and the largest stone circles in the world. They lie at the heart of prehistoric landscapes containing numerous impressive and amazingly well-preserved ceremonial monuments.
The Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site is internationally important for its complexes of outstanding prehistoric monuments. Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated prehistoric stone circle in the world, while Avebury is the largest.
Together with their interrelated monuments, and their associated landscapes, they demonstrate Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial and mortuary practices resulting from around 2,000 years of continuous use and monument building between c3,300 and 1,600 BC As such they represent a unique embodiment of our collective heritage.Official website
In 2013, a team of archaeologists excavated the cremated remains of 50,000 bones at the site, belonging to 63 men, women and children. These bones date back as early as 3000 BC, though some are only dated back to 2500 BC. – https://www.historyhit.com/
In certain ancient cultures, such rocks are believed to contain healing powers. In fact, Maenclochog means “ringing rock”. – https://www.historyhit.com/
According to this legend, the wizard Merlin removed Stonehenge from Ireland, where it had been erected by giants, and rebuilt it in Wiltshire as a memorial to 3,000 nobles slain in battle with the Saxons. – https://www.historyhit.com/
Location: Wiltshire, England
Country: United Kingdom
Year of Inscription: 1986
UNESCO Criteria: (i), (ii), (iii)
For more information about Stonehenge & Avebury, visit the website