Restoring Stonehenge 20 Replies From the New York Times, 9/8/14. Among the Ancient Stones, Magic as Potent as Ever Stonehenge at Dawn, Inside the Circle By EDWARD ROTHSTEIN SEPT. 8, 2014
It’s very interesting that Stonehenge is still such a mystery to us, when at first glance it just looks like a pile of rocks in a circle. Although what the authour said about how the structure forces you to really look at what is around you, especially during sunrise and sunset, makes it much more powerful and tells us how magical structures can really be. It’s very cool that the county of Wiltshire is restoring the landscape to make it less of a tourist attraction, and more of an educational and artistic area again.
This is amazing, I would love to see Stonehenge during the eclipse. I think it’s a great idea that Stonehenge stays restored and well maintained.
I’m amazed at Stonehenge. Period. Nothing about it makes sense and that is why it amazes me. For instance, just the sheer size and weight of the stones alone and then when you realize that people purposefully moved and placed these gigantic stones in a pattern.. Who could do that? And what man power did it take? It’s stunning and breathtaking and I would love to visit it someday.
Stonehenge is an amazing feat of engineering. So many miles with so much weight, it just shows how lazy we have become as a culture and impatient. These people worked so hard to achieve what to some just looks like a bunch of massive stones in a circle but in reality it took many hours and painstaking days to create this. For some of the people who lived in that area it was part of their life and part of what they identified themselves, the creation of this piece.
Stonehenge was always one of my favorite mysteries and the more I learn about it the more fascinating it becomes. I had once watched a documentary that the history channel broadcasted on Stonehenge and it went into all of the theories behind it such as a religious site or a huge solar calendar to determine the seasons. It became more interesting when archeologists discovered holes in the earth in towns around Stonehenge that are exactly the same pattern, but most likely made from wood. I wonder why if there were so many of the wooded Stonehenge circles that there was not more than one made of stone, even if on a smaller scale. The documentary also went on to describe that other mysterious ancient stone land marks in other countries line up perfectly with Stonehenge. They went to say that this could be something more than a coincidence. Although that would be cool, you can never look to much into these things.
I have always thought that the stone Hedge was an amazing archaeological site. I have always wondered way and how they were built. I mean how does a civilization with only wagons get several ton stones up on hill and on top of each other? Also why was it made, just a land point, calendar, religious site? I hope one day we will find the answer to this mysterious wonderful art .
I think it is really important that impressive ancient structure such as Stonehenge be preserved. It’s good that visitor centers and so forth have been moved further away from the site as well; it would be a shame to destroy the aura of the structure and make it seem commercialized. However, it is important that Stonehenge is contextualized in some way for the visitors, which makes the exhibit at the Salisbury museum all the more valuable. It is fascinating to think of how long Stonehenge has been a significant structure for humanity.
Something as impressive and mysterious as Stonehenge, is likely to draw the attention of multitudes of people. However, I find it disappointing that we would take this feature so far as to almost destroy the magic of the site by highways and visitor centers. We may never know what Stonehenge was used for, we are left with many questions and few answers – why were there more wooden structures than stone ones? Could it be because stone is harder to maneuver? No one has an answer. However, be it a calendar or a place for religious practices, Stonehenge will always be an enchanting marker of the ancient civilizations, therefore we should preserve it in a respectable manner.
I think Stonehenge is an awesome archeological site because the patterning of the stones allows you to see the creativity of the mind, as well as to imagine that the patterning meant. I am also curious to know how many people it took to put Stonehenge together, because the stones appear to be rather large and heavy. I would love to go see Stonehenge someday, and get a glance of it in real life.
The layers of mystery in Stonehenge make it a very interesting place. It is a point where history converges into one insane soup due to the multitude of cultures that have seen it, used it, worshipped at it, etc. With our current record keeping, it may not come to pass, but think of a future where something else looks at Stonehenge, and now not only do they see the older civilizations layered on top of each other in no discernible order, but they see our concrete footer renovations and nearby visitor center, they could very well think we worshipped stonehenge just like our ancestors did. I think its pretty awesome how the U.K. is renovating the land around it to show us its complete picture beyond just the stones that we’ve always known it for. That type of stuff is what fantasy inspiration thrives off of.
I have always been incredibly fascinated by the idea of Stonehenge and all of the magic that comes with it. It has always been such a powerful and secretive place and I love that people are renovating so that to keep that mystery about it. I hope to one day be able to see this magic in person.
I have always wanted to visit Stonehenge. Ever sense reading about it as a child the circle of rocks has fascinated me. I think the restoration of Stonehenge is a great idea for partly selfish reasons, I want it to stick around until I get over to England to see it.
Stonehenge simply amazes me. I don’t understand how the author of this article, even as he is standing among the stones, says that he feels nothing special, as if it is just another ordinary landscape. It shouldn’t take the sun coming out and shadows appearing (although I am sure that that is absolutely magnificent) for him to change his mind.
I do not understand why the government does not just restore it. It is apart of history and it ceases to amaze people, including myself. Generally many people assume it is just rocks, but the simplicity makes it quite interesting and makes the thought behind it more abstract.
I definitely agree with Jillian. We expect instant gratification now, and so we can’t even comprehend how people could put so much work into something. However, that’s not to say that this isn’t an amazing feat.
I know that the article emphasizes how different people added to Stonehenge at different times, but I sometimes image the person who proposed the project being like, “Hey! Let’s gather all there enormous stones…and then we’ll move them a zillion miles that way! Who all is on board?!”
Really though, it’s tough not know WHAT Stonehenge is. The author summed it up, saying, “One of the intriguing things about Stonehenge, as we are reminded again and again, is that it can’t really be pinned down; we will never know enough. Was it a burial site, a temple, an astronomical model, a healing center, a monument to the ancestral dead?” IT’S SO HARD NOT KNOWING!
I’ve always been intrigued by Stone Henge. All the mysteries surrounding it have made me curious as to why it was originally built and what it was originally used for. It’s neat to see that they want to keep preserving it and are trying to take the landscape back to a more original look. Hopefully the place stays untouched by industrialization for many years to come. Hopefully one day more information will be found to resolve some of Stone Henge’s great mysteries. This is a place I would definitely visit if I ever get the chance.
This article gave me a new perspective on why people come to see Stonehenge. The experience is not just about the stones themselves, but about the scene as a whole. The rising and setting sun, clouds, and hills all play a key role in the enjoyment of Stonehenge. The article also emphasized it’s mysterious qualities. Instead of seeming dull or uninteresting, the massive stones set in a puzzling pattern on the open field have a sort of mesmerizing effect. Stonehenge cannot be reconstructed itself simply because it’s true purpose is mostly unknown, but the upkeep and effect of it’s surrounding area is necessary to it’s success as an attraction.
I always thought that Stonehenge was fascinating. I liked the imagery in this article about the shadows at sunset and sunrise around Stonehenge, and the information of how it was constructed based on the sun’s position. I think it’s really interesting that Stonehenge has been around for such a long time that it has been used for many different purposes by many different people. I like the mystery surrounding the monument, and it has always fascinated me.
I have always wanted to visit Stonehenge! It is one of the most fascinating man made creations there is. There is always new information on it. What is particularly great about this article is it makes you thing about not just the stones ,but what is surrounding the stones like the sunrise and sun sets. I’m glad the county is restoring this amazing land mark. Hopefully I will have the chance to appreciate it in real life and not just from an article.
This site is very interesting. When looking at this site I wonder how these magnificent pieces of rock got on top of one another. I believe this is one of the greatest sites on earth, granted I have never been here. The pictures I have seen and the constant wonder of how these figures came about makes my mind wonder. There are so many thoughts that cross my mind about all the potential ways this site was established.