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Stone Age Historic Sites

Updated: May 19


STONEHENGE:


Location:

Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, England


Built:

2500BC (in the Neolithic period - though some areas date back to the Mesolithic)


What is it?:

Stonehenge is a collection of enormous stones placed upright in circles and arches. The biggest stone is 9 metres high and weighs nearly 23 tonnes (thats the same weight as two double decker buses!)


Why?:

Nobody knows what Stonehenge was used for. Possible uses include: as a burial site, a calendar marking the stars and moon, a place for healing and even an alien landing site!



SKARA BRAE:


Location:

Bay o' Skaill, Orkney, Scotland


Built:

3000BC (in the Neolithic period - that makes it older than the Great Pyramid of Giza and Stonehenge!)


What is it?:

Skara Brae is the best preserved Neolithic settlement in Europe. It is a prehistoric village with circular houses made from stone.


Did you know?:

The houses still have furniture inside them! Including beds, shelves and fireplaces all made from stone.



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