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Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) west of Amesburyand 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of earthworkssurrounding a circular setting of large standing stones. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Agemonuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.[1] Archaeologists had believed that the iconic stone monument was erected around 2500 BC, as described in the chronology below. One recent theory, however, has suggested that the first stones were not erected until 2400-2200 BC,[2] whilst another suggests that bluestones may have been erected at the site as early as 3000 BC (see phase 1 below). The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury henge monument. It is a national legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage, while the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.[3][4]

Archaeological evidence found by the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008 indicates that Stonehenge served as a burial groundfrom its earliest beginnings.[5] The dating of cremated remains found on the site indicate burials from as early as 3000 BC, when the initial ditch and bank were first dug. Burials continued at Stonehenge for at least another 500 years.[6]

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review by . February 10, 2010
The Oldest Wonder of The World
Of all the finalists on the list of New 7 Wonders of the World, Stonehenge is perhaps the oldest of the lot, so old that it’s prehistoric! Dating from 3000 BC – 1600 BC, Stonehenge is  baffling to scientists and historians alike in this modern world of ours.   Stonehenge is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.              Stonehenge, Wiltshire, continues to baffle experts about its origins.    By the way, this …
Quick Tip by . February 10, 2010
Dating back to possibly 3000 BC & still in existence. Mind-boggling! How did men move these gigantic slabs of stones? Or, did they?
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