Stonehenge has been a mystery for centuries. People have been trying to figure out what the purpose of this monument was ever since it was built.
Stonehenge was erected between 3000 BC and 2000 BC for reasons that are not entirely known but may have been connected with astronomical events.
There are several theories on what Stonehenge was used for:
The most popular theory is that Stonehenge was used as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. The second theory is that Stonehenge was used as a temple to worship ancient earth deities. The third theory is that Stonehenge was an astronomical observatory for predicting eclipses, solstices and equinoxes.
It is believed that the Druids built Stonehenge in 3100 BC as a burial site for their dead because of its location next to the River Avon where it would be easy to get water when they buried their dead. There were also other burial mounds near by which support this theory.
The second theory is that Stonehenge was built as a temple to worship ancient earth deities or Mother Nature herself, since the monument faces east toward sunrise on the summer solstice (June 21) each year, which many believe represents rebirth of life after winter’s deathly coldness.
The site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury Henge.