"What is Danehenge? It is the roofless past;
Man's ruinous myth; his uninterred adoring
Of the unknown in sunrise cold and red;
His quest of stars that arch his doomed exploring.
And what is Time but shadows that were cast
By these storm-sculptured stones while centuries fled?
The stones remain; their stillness can outlast
The skies of history hurrying overhead."
(Above verses adapted from Siegfried Sassoon's "Stonehenge")
Stonehenge. It's one of the most mysterious monuments of an early age, a cluster of tremendous stones standing silently above the Salisbury Plain in England. According to ancient legend, Stonehenge was the work of Merlin, the famous wizard of King Arthur's court. According to 17th century historians, Stonehenge was built by the Romans. By the 18th century, archaeologists held that Stonehenge was constructed by the earlier Druids. The Druid theory prevailed until 1996 when sophisticated radiocarbon testing of the stones indicated that the Stonehenge is in fact much older. Scientists now believe Stonehenge to be approximately 4,500 years old.
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