Stonehenge was ‘alien construction site’ or eerie ‘ancient burial ground’ – most bizarre conspiracy theories revealed
CONSPIRACY theories surrounding Stonehenge range from the supernatural to simply odd.
We’ve rounded up some of the most bizarre below, including sex symbol and alien theories.
Stonehenge is a 5,000 year old prehistoric monument[/caption]
Ancient burial ground
Some theories suggest Stonehenge was an elite burial ground.
Bone fragments were found at the site centuries ago.
However, they weren’t regarded as unimportant and were reburied.
Archaeologists recently found 50,000 cremated bone fragments, which make up 63 men, women and children from 3000 BC.
Alien construction site
Conspiracy theories connecting aliens to Stonehenge are quite common.
We don’t have concrete evidence to prove how the monument was built so some people think aliens lent a helping hand.
Some of the stones weigh around 50 tons, which would have been an epic struggle to move with primitive tools.
Erich von Däniken’s seminal book Chariots of the Gods? suggests that God-like aliens provided the know-how.
Ancient corporate team-building exercise
If you’ve ever had to partake in an exhausting team-building exercise then it probably still pales in comparison to having to build Stonehenge.
Some researchers think that the site’s construction coincides with increased unity amongst Neolithic people in Britain.
University College London researcher Mike Parker Pearson once revealed: “Stonehenge itself was a massive undertaking, requiring the labor of thousands to move stones from as far away as west Wales, shaping them and erecting them
“Just the work itself, requiring everything literally to pull together, would have been an act of unification.”
Giant sex symbol
Some people link Stonehenge to sex and fertility[/caption]
One of the more obscure theories regarding Stonehenge is the idea that it’s an ancient sex symbol designed to represent a vagina.
The Guardian previously reported on this theory from gynaecologist Anthony Perks.
He was quoted saying: “There was a concept in Neolithic times of a great goddess or Earth Mother.
“Stonehenge could represent the opening by which the Earth Mother gave birth to the plants and animals on which ancient people so depended.”
What is Stonehenge?
What you need to know about Britain’s most mysterious monument
- Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire
- It’s a ring of standing stones that measure around 13 feet high and seven feet wide
- Each stone weighs roughly 25 tons
- Experts say that the monument was constructed between 3000 and 2000 BC
- In 1882, it was legally protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument
- And in 1986, the site and surroundings became a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Stonehenge itself is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage
- But the land around Stonehenge is owned by the National Trust
- Part of what makes Stonehenge so mysterious is that it was produced by a culture with no written records
- Scientists regularly debate over how and why Stonehenge was built, and what it was used for
- One theory suggests Stonehenge was a sacred burial site
- Another proposes that it was used for celestial and astronomical alignments
- And some think it was an ancient place of healing
- It used to be believed that it was created as a Druid temple
- But we now know that Stonehenge predated the Druids by around 2000 years
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