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Stonehenge: It's Place in the Landscape.


Stonehenge did not, and does not, exist in isolation. It was a part of a landscape of forests & fields, rivers & springs, monuments & burials, farms & settlements, stretching back thousands of years before the first stones were ever erected, and continues to play a central role in British life today, both as a continued place of worship, and as a testament to the achievements of our ancestors.

The landscape in which Stonehenge resides had a deep cultural significance for the many generations who resided there, which modern generations can never truly understand. At a time when Britain's population was in the tens of thousands and scattered across the island, Stonehenge and the landscape it which it resided, were a focal point for these scattered groups and communities. It was a place to hunt, a place to farm, a place to gather, a place to celebrate, and a place of worship. It was a place where spirits and ancestors walked alongside the living, a place where each year the world was born anew, as winter passed it's peak and the year turned towards the rebirth of spring.

Stonehenge is merely one part of the landscape, and cannot be understood without also understanding it's place in the land and the people who have lived and gathered there over many thousands of years. It is a story which is still being written today.

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