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The Mystery of Time: The enduring charm of Stonehenge

Discover the mystery and history behind ancient ruins

By Song WenlongPublished about a month ago 4 min read

Time, like a ruthless carving master, with its sharp blade crushed everything in the world, so that everything in the years of sharpening gradually aging, until forgotten. This is Aristotle's insight into the power of time, and the massive strategy game Civilization cleverly borrows this idea to depict Stonehenge, the mysterious stone circle that stands on the British Isles. Although this stone circle has been eroded by wind and rain, it has been dilapidated, but it still attracts the attention of the world with its unique charm.

It sits on Salisbury Plain, more than 100 kilometers southwest of London, England, and consists of a circle of large concentric stones and rounded stone moats. Boulders stand tall, and the surrounding grassland blend, as if telling an ancient and mysterious story.

According to historians, Stonehenge was not built overnight, but over thousands of years. The original cobblestone moat was formed about 5,000 years ago, while the smaller inner ring, called "cholalingite", was added only in the second millennium BC. Finally, the sand rock of the outer ring was completed only another 500 years later. In the process, people constantly rearranged the positions of the boulders until they formed the current pattern.

However, with the passage of time, the history of Stonehenge was gradually forgotten. The once noisy crowds and busy construction sites are gone, and only Stonehenge is left with the wind and stars on Salisbury Plain.

It was not until the year 1130 that a priest's accidental discovery reopened the mystery of this forgotten place.

Today, Stonehenge still stands on Salisbury Plain, attracting millions of tourists to explore its secrets. Who built it? What is the purpose of the construction? Does it contain some unknown knowledge? Can it enlighten the future of mankind? These questions still haunt people, making Stonehenge an enduring mystery.

Despite the power of time, the history and legends that Stonehenge holds will never be lost. They will always be engraved on this land and become a valuable heritage of human civilization.

As Aristotle said, "Time crushes all things; Everything grows old by the power of time and is forgotten in the passage of time." However, Stonehenge has resisted the erosion of time with its unique charm and eternal mystery, and has become an eternal symbol of human history.

Stonehenge, this ancient monument, seems to possess a magic power, constantly attracting the world's attention and inspiring their endless curiosity about this mysterious land.

For hundreds of years, people have speculated about the story behind it, trying to uncover the layers of fog.

With the rapid development of science and technology, scientists began to delve into this land. Using advanced instruments, they carried out detailed measurements of Stonehenge, some mysteries gradually solved, but more questions also followed.

The construction of Stonehenge was undoubtedly a great project. Imagine how those huge stones, weighing several tons, were transported from distant quarries and erected in precisely the right place. What kind of manpower, resources, wisdom and determination will this require? In 3000 BC, Salisbury Plain was still a dense virgin forest, and the people lived sparingly and used simple tools. Whether they had the ability or desire to build such a grand project is truly inexplicable.

Opinions vary as to the purpose of Stonehenge. Some scientists think it is an observatory that can accurately observe the movement of the sun, moon and stars; Others believe that it is a sacrificial temple, and its unique acoustic properties allow sounds to gather here, creating a mysterious and solemn atmosphere. It has also been suggested that Stonehenge may have been a burial ground for nobles, a healing center or a stage for festivals.

However, after hundreds of years of exploration, we still have not found a convincing answer.

Stonehenge, a land of mystery, seems to hold endless secrets. Every time we uncover a layer of fog, there's always a new mystery waiting to be explored. Perhaps, this is the charm of Stonehenge, it makes us constantly thinking, constantly pursuing, and always maintain the curiosity and awe of the unknown world.

In the ancient land of Northern Europe, the footsteps of the Anglo-Saxons only slowly set foot on the soil of the British Isles after the 5th century. Stonehenge, however, stands much older than that, and its history is deep and mysterious.

The Druids followed in the footsteps of the Celts and arrived in Central Europe only in 1500 AD, while Stonehenge had been standing in the land for 2,000 years.

As a result, some people have begun to question whether Stonehenge is really a prehistoric monument, or a modern British forgery. They argue that Stonehenge was built too far back in time, when people did not form large tribes and had no need for celestial observation, and therefore lacked the motivation and ability to build such a huge project.

Julius Caesar, the great ruler who conquered this land, did not mention the existence of Stonehenge in his Gallic Wars. This has further convinced sceptics that Stonehenge is not a prehistoric monument, but the work of modern British engineers.

However heated the controversy, Stonehenge's fascination has not diminished.

Every year, more than 750,000 tourists come here, especially in June, when the summer sun is pouring down on the earth, people come here quietly waiting for the sun to rise, feel the warmth of the sun, enjoy the bright stars.

Stonehenge, an ancient monument full of mysteries, may never be revealed.

But as George Mallory said when he climbed Mount Everest, "Because the mountain is there!" Stonehenge is the same, no matter how the years flow, it always stands there, quietly telling the flow of time, together with the stars, interpreting the true meaning of eternity.

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