Was stonehenge for healing the ill, or was it a graveyard for the dead? Stonehenge is located in Wiltshire, England. Stonehenge theories have been thrown around in people's heads for years, but what is it really for? It has been said to have been a healing place for the ill. It has also been guessed that it was a graveyard. There has been so many different theories. Stonehenge’s Purpose and mysteriousness has been puzzling the world for years.
Theory 1 Stonehenge is a place of healing
Many people believe the Stonehenge was a place of healing because of the bluestones. People from very far away traveled to get to Stonehenge for it’s power. The stones to make Stonehenge are called bluestones from Preseli Hills in Wales. The stones are from holy wells or springs around the area. They got their name because of the healing power the water gave off. The stones around the well got the power too. Chips of the bluestone were found around the area, leading them to believe that people had broken piece off to heal themselves. If they didn’t want to continue to walk back to Stonehenge multiple times, they broke pieces off for themselves. There was more chippings found then there are stones in stonehenge. People were so greedy they traveled to a stone thing in the middle of no where to get better. How did they know it really worked? They didn’t know if it worked, but they were so hooked on the idea of getting healed by stones. People wanted to live as long as they could. To do that they took chippings of the stones, so they would never get sick. A dead man's body was found at Stonehenge and had a injured knee. He was attracted by the bluestone supposed healing power. Some people really went that far to live longer. Stonehenge attracted people who were unwell. It also attracted people who were hurt. Like a broken arm or leg. They didn’t want to be hurt. People were buried nearby because they didn’t last the trip to get healed. It showed that they wanted to get better so much, they made a trip that far. It also attracted people who were capable of healing sick people. Like doctors in villages. They wanted to take part of the stones back with them for money because they were greedy. They could get money from working without the stones, but the stones made their job easier. Stonehenge brought out the worst in people because it healed the ill, or maybe it had a different purpose. Even though it made people go crazy because they wanted the stones so bad. It’s still amazing how it all works. It took them years to build Stonehenge. The people who made it must have been smart to know what they all needed to make it. It amazing people today who go to see it. How did these people figure out something so complicated? It is still a mystery. Just like the mystery of Stonehenge. This is only one theory. Maybe it could be something else like a graveyard.
Theory 2 Stonehenge is a Graveyard
Many people believe that Stonehenge was a burial place. The stones are meant to be grave markers. That was their job, but soon there had been many more bodies brought there. It would be too much work to bring more stones over for more graves. It took many years to build Stonehenge. The holes to put the stones in were there many years before the stones even got there. It was almost 500 years before the stones got there. There are many people buried near and in Stonehenge. It makes sense that it would be a graveyard. The graves are circular and there was crushed chalk found underneath the bluestones to hold them up. Before people were buried they were placed in bags. There are near 150 to 200 people buried there. They are said to all be one big family. When a person in the family died they were brought to stonehenge, and they were buried there. It was also said, Stonehenge was meant for people with a higher status. If you were rich you could be buried in stonehenge. If you were a king or queen you could be buried in Stonehenge. It’s a possibility the the people buried there were leaders or religious people. It isn’t for sure who they are or what they did, but they were buried there for some reason we don’t know about. There are many possibilities, but these make the most sense. Most bones found were the bones of men. Meaning it could be priest because most priest back then were men. The circle that Stonehenge made was filled with bodies. The fact that there were more bodies coming meant they had to stop burying them in the circle once it was filled. Then they had to put bodies on the outside of the circle. After the inside and outside of Stonehenge got filled with bodies, they had to start burying people in a ditch nearby. That means if it was a family, it was a pretty big one. If it was important people, there was many of them who deserved to be buried there. Either way, there was many people buried there. There has been several Aubrey Holes found around the site. There is a total of 56 around Stonehenge. Many bones were found in these holes. The bones found were buried at the same time the stone were placed. Aubrey Hole #7 contained a total of 14 females and 9 males. That is just one hole. Think about the other 55 holes there are. There is no telling how many bodies are actually in the area of Stonehenge.
After much research on the Stonehenge, I have figured out that I agree with both theories. The first theory says Stonehenge is a place for healing. The second one said that Stonehenge was a burial ground. Some People may believe the first one. Some may believe in the second one. Other people may believe in both of them. Which means it may have been a healing place long ago, but it was also used as a graveyard at the same time. People traveled from far aways to get healed. Some people even went to get part of the bluestones to heal themselves at home. Most people were lured by the healing power. They didn’t want to be hurt or sick anymore. If they didn’t make it to Stonehenge in time to get healed, they died. Then they were buried at Stonehenge because they didn’t make it. The man that was found buried with a injured knee proves it. He was lured by the healing power, but didn’t make it in time to get healed. It proves he was there to get healed, and that Stonehenge was a graveyard for the dead. Archaeologists Geoffrey Wainwright and Timothy Darvill found out where the bluestones were from. They also discovered why they were said to have healing powers. It proves that Stonehenge was once a place of healing. There was also many bodied found there. Along with the bodies there was multiple bones found too. That proves it was a graveyard as well as a place of healing. With the evidence I have found, I have concluded that Stonehenge didn’t have just one purpose. It has two for sure. There may be many other things it was build for.
For many years Stonehenge has had people puzzled on what it’s true purpose is. Knowing these certain things about Stonehenge may lead to other theories about it. Maybe even the real reason Stonehenge was built. If people learn more about Stonehenge, then maybe they could unlock the mystery behind it. By knowing these things we may be able to discover things in our world’s past. Like other things that were build by other tribes long ago that we haven’t been able to solve. We want to know why these things were built, so why don’t we study them and find out. If they study Stonehenge and other places that were built by tribes, then they may find out what it really does. Maybe all of the mysteries of the world are connected. Finding the one that comes first may unlock all of the mysteries. Starting with Stonehenge we could find out why every single weird creation of the world was made and created. We have no clue what any of them do, but we have theories on what they do. We just don’t know. Maybe Stonehenge was built for one of us to use one day.