Almost 100 years ago, a British archaeologist discovered the remains of ancient humans buried beneath the iconic monument of Stonehenge. Now researchers have been conducting their own studies. And they have made startling revelations about who really built this strange structure thousands of years ago.
West of the English town of Amesbury in Wiltshire and north of the busy A303 road, the green expanse of Salisbury Plain stretches for 300 square miles across southern England. And at the heart of this landscape is the unmistakable silhouette of Stonehenge. This mysterious prehistoric monument has captured our imaginations for hundreds of years.
Thought to have been constructed between 3000 and 2000 B.C., Stonehenge today comprises a circle of standing stones some 13 feet tall. And surrounding it are monuments such as burial mounds dating back to both the Neolithic and the Bronze Age periods. Scientific techniques have allowed us to date the structure. However, the questions of how it was built and why remain a matter of much debate.