Was stonehenge a soundscape or was for a place for sick people to go? Stonehenge is a circle of huge stones. It is located in Wiltshire, England and was said to be built between the years of 3000 BC and 1600 BC. No one knows who built Stonehenge and why. People go there to try and figure out why stonehenge was made, no one has ever figured it out. Stonehenge is a very mysterious place. Many people believe stonehenge’s puzzling bluestones are either for healing or to make tunes.
Theory 1: Stonehenge is for healing
Video for healing theory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDC9cYLjKhE
Many people believe that Stonehenge is a place of healing, here are some things to prove that it is. Researchers have found bones around the area of Stonehenge. According to Professor Timothy Darvill “There’s an amazing and unnatural concentration of skeletal trauma in the bones that were dug up around Stonehenge.” They also said that ill and injured people traveled to Stonehenge in hope that the healing stones would heal them. For some of the injured people Stonehenge was their last choice of survival. Researchers have found an archer and a younger man buried by each other, they suggested that they were related and both suffered bad injuries. The stones are what the ill came for, the stones are said to have healing powers. The people that got the stones had gotten them from mountains southwest of Wales, where there are healing holy wells. The stones are from the healing holy well near the mountains. The stones would be broken for healing purposes. The researchers also found seed and grain that were from the time of the bluestones circle.
Darvill and Wainwright said that they found chunks of bluestone around the area. Chunks of bluestones have been found at other nearby monuments, such as the summit of Silbury Hill. Darvill and Wainwright have no idea how the creators of Stonehenge had carried the stones. The bluestones alone are probably a couple of tons and there are 93 stones. The stones are about 150 miles away from Stonehenge, just imagine having some kind of process of carrying those! It would have been really hard to carry the stones. Most of the people that came to be healed weren’t native to the area, so people from all over the world knew about Stonehenge. People from all over would come to get healed. In the construction of Stonehenge, 57 holes were dug. First the creators started with the circular earthworks of Stonehenge. Then they put the bluestones (the stones on the inside) in some of the holes. After that they put the sarsens in. The sarsens are the stones that are on the outside, they are also the big ones. The sarsens can be as tall as a bus, those stones are the most impressive ones. Researchers believe that they were used as framework for the bluestones. Wainwright and Darvill think that by the time the Romans showed up in Europe Stonehenge’s importance was forgotten. They also found a Roman coin and charcoal fragments, which might mean that the Romans also believed in the healing magic.
Theory 2: Stonehenge is a soundscape
The other theory that some people might believe is that there is some kind of soundscape in Stonehenge. A soundscape is sounds that are heard in specific locations. The people that have studied this theory believe that if you hit one of the stones with a small hammerstone then you will hear a tune that sounds metallic. They don’t make a “thud” noise like other rocks. The researchers found that some of the stones make different sounds. There has been evidence of stones being hit with something. Ringing rocks are a part of many cultures, so Stonehenge could have belonged to anyone of them. They think that Stonehenge can mimic a sound illusion. When two pipers play their instruments in Stonehenge, the person who is listening would experience something odd. The listeners would hear the sound waves of the pipes canceling out each other. Steven Waller (the person researching this theory) said “Legends associated with Stonehenge also reference pipers, and prehistoric circles are traditionally known as “piper stones.” Steven Waller also walked around and recorded and led people around the flutes. After that he asked them to draw a sketch. All of the people drew pictures of large towers or arches that are between them and the sound. When the people came to one of the cancellation points it would feel like there was a large object in front of them. When they took the blindfolds off the were surprised to find nothing in front of them because they could sense large object in front of them. Stonehenge looks like the spokes of a wheel from an overhead view. Which could explain why it influences sound.
Another group of people lead by Bruno Fazenda have reconstructed the soundscape of Stonehenge. They have equipment at both Stonehenge and where they work. Their goal was to get responses from different areas from the replica of Stonehenge. The impulse responses give the position of the source and the microphone. Electricity isn’t allowed in Stonehenge, so they had to compromise with the replica. They had popped balloons to capture the responses. Stonehenge’s stones are made out of bluestone and their stones are made out of concrete. Fazenda believes even though the stones are made of different types of rock they still work similarly. Their studies conclusion is that Stonehenge was a reflective environment. Which means that any sound made is to repeat in an echo. Stonehenge would do that with flat or hard surfaces. Why would the creators of stonehenge make it for a soundscape? Maybe for music or celebrations. People are still trying figure out today
What I believe
I believe in theory one because it is more believable than theory two. Theory two is more than a myth than than facts. I believe that the bluestones could have some kind of healing power, plus why would there be graves by a soundscape. There is more proof to it than the soundscape. I don’t believe that such a great structure was made for that, if it was I couldn’t think of a reason why it would be used. I think that the soundscape theory was a recent theory. There wasn’t much articles that I could find, or enough proof that it was the reason why Stonehenge was built. With the healing theory there was proof. I’ve also thought that maybe since there were graves that it was a place to give dying people to hope for. When some people are dying all the want to do is hope that there is somethings else to help. Maybe the creators of Stonehenge wanted to do that for people. There are many other theories to what Stonehenge is and does, but I strongly believe in theory one. Back then people believed more in tales than people do today. The people back then could have believed in healing powers, and today people believe in healing similar to the type of healing at Stonehenge. There are different kinds like energy and spiritual healing. Sometimes these actually work, so it could have happened when Stonehenge was made. When I was doing my research on the soundscape theory there wasn’t much to write about it was all the same. People might have been able to witness both things. There was a video on Youtube of a woman named Leanne Bockman and she had experienced sickness at Stonehenge. She said that when she was going to get on the bus she had felt relief. I think that the Greeks or Romans might have built Stonehenge and there is a god that controls it. If so, then the god was trying to show her that healing is it’s purpose. Some people believe other things, but this is what I believe.
As you know Stonehenge is very puzzling and the stones are mysterious. It is important to know this information because is part of an important puzzle in history. For all we know I could help solve the mystery behind it all. The readers should care because they could help find something out. No one knows what Stonehenge is or what it does, but I believe that if we had enough information we could solve the mystery.