Woodhenge, United Kingdom
Wood circle of Woodhenge Sep 26, 2013
Close to the famous Stonehenge you will find the much less known Woodhenge - it is just a quick drive away so if you have your own transport you can easily take a quick look at the ancient sight.
The structure here was made of wood instead of stone - and the wood has disappeared long ago - hence there are no real structure left at the area. Without a trace of the structure the existence of it had been forgot and it wasn’t rediscovered until 1925.
But there has been made a reconstruction of the ancient wood structure using concrete marker so people with a bit of imagination can get an idea of what used to be.
The original date of construction of the wooden structure at Woodhenge is uncertain but the ditch around the area was constructed between 2470 and 2000 BC which makes it a bit older or contemporary to the nearby Stonehenge.
There used to be 168 poles of wood - and maybe there was a ring of stones as well - but the ring of stones has disappeared and there is no sign of it anymore.
There are certain similarities between Stonehenge and Woodhenge - the orientation towards the midsummer sun is the same and the diameter of the wood circle at Woodhenge is similar to the diameter of the stone ring of Stonehenge.
In 1966 another similar wood structure was discovered south of Stonehenge. It is unknown what is the relationship between the three different ritual structures - but there are speculations about them being part of one giant system of ancient ritual sight which might have been connected by roads.
Part of the The old land of the west travel blog
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