Stonehenge is an enigma worldwide, but is it a threat to Christian beliefs?

Stonehenge is used as an example of people living before bible time lines could be established in Northern-Europe, so what is the truth of this?

Stonehenge as coming from the Old English words "stan" meaning "stone", and "hencg" meaning meaning "gallows". In post Norman times, about 1200 two men were executed by hanging for serious offence against the Norman rulers. For the men to have been brought here suggests knowledge of it being a sacred place for the cold religion (paganism). The name itself suggests it was in use up to the Norman conquest as it was possibly a known sacred place.

 As a sacred place it was known in pre-Norman times by the identity - Cor Y Gawr.

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Henry of Huntingdon is the first English writer to refer to Stonehenge, which he calls Stanenges. Geoffrey of Monmouth (1138) and Giraldus Cambrensis come next."

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The Greek poet Pindar (C522 BC) wrote which many consider a reference to Stonehenge, "Neither by ships nor by land canst thou find the wondrous road to the trysting place of the Hyperboreans". This is a strange comment considering, but it is included because of the meaning of the word trysting.. which meant a gathering, or meeting place for any sort of activity.

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The proximity of mounds to Stonehenge indicate it is recent, maybe 500BC, as with other stone circles and their mounds.

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Thomas Downing Kendrick, who was a Historian of Anglo-Saxon art and later Director of the British Museum (1950-59).  Kendrick considered Stonehenge to have been built in the Greek style, dating it later then many would like. But he was highly qualified in his field and cannot be easily dismissed.

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Within eyesight of Stonehenge to the south, at about eight miles, can be seen Old Sarum, the predecessor to the modern city of Salisbury. Old Sarum in time past was so important the after the conquest of England, William 1st held his victory celebrations at Old Sarum. Old Sarum was important for the pre-Norman English who were pagan, they would have had a sacred place of assembly, and within walking distance lies Stonehenge.

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Many archaeologists historians have set the age of Stonehenge to a date of 350BC, though this is largely rejected today. George Dodwell, the Australian astronomer set a date for 350 BC for Stonehenge. We will be looking at his research on this web site later this year.

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