Stonehenge: Britain's mysterious, must-see site

WTHR staff

WILTSHIRE, England (WTHR) — It's Britain's most mysterious and oldest site — Stonehenge.

Stonehenge has been a temple, a burial site and a clock to mark the seasons. But how did it get there?

That's a question millions of people ask every year — 1.5 million people to be exact. And unfortunately we weren't able to answer it. But WTHR's Chuck Lofton and Steve Rhodes knew it was worth the trip.

Here are some facts about the pre-historic site:

  • The first phase of Stonehenge was erected in 3,000 BC
  • It took several phases to complete the site, approximately 1,500 years from start to finish.
  • There are two types of stones used in the construction, sarsens and bluestones
  • Sarsens weigh approximately 50,000 pounds while bluestones weigh between 4,000 and 10,000 pounds
  • Speculation as to why the site was built include, a memorial for Britons slayed by Saxons and a Druid Temple

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