Stonehenge is surely Britain’s greatest national icon, symbolizing mystery, power and endurance. Its original purpose is unclear to us, but some have speculated that it was a temple made for the worship of ancient earth deities. It has been called an astronomical observatory for marking significant events on the prehistoric calendar. Others claim that it was a sacred site for the burial of high-ranking citizens from the societies of long ago.
The stones we see today represent Stonehenge in ruin. Many of the original stones have fallen or been removed by previous generations for home construction or road repair. There has been serious damage to some of the smaller bluestones resulting from close visitor contact (prohibited since 1978) and the prehistoric carvings on the larger sarsen stones show signs of significant wear.
A large formation was discovered near Stonehenge in 1996. A pilot flying over the area at 5:00 pm — and looking for crop circles — did not see anything unusual in the field located just south of Stonehenge. After landing and driving back by the same area at 5:45 pm, he noticed the formation. In effect, a formation consisting of 150 circles in a complicated design reminiscent of “Julia sets” in Chaos Theory had been formed within clear sight of the most visited ancient artifact in the world. Some 7,000 people pass through Stonehenge on an average summer day, with guards on the premises 24 hours a day. And yet no one saw any movement in the nearby field where the wheat was perhaps three feet high. Investigators in the field could find no evidence whatsoever that the creation of this formation was done by human beings.