Decoding the Ancient Geometry and Astronomy of Stonehenge

Tuesday July 11, 2017 Written by Genevieve

Stonehenge. Its very existence is one of history’s ultimate headscratchers. Theories about why it’s shaped how it is, why it’s located where it is, and what the heck it is in the first place have abounded for as long as theories have abounded.

The strongest explanations have concluded that the stone formation is based on seasonal movements of the sun, because of the way the summer solstice aligns with Stonehenge’s central bluestones, sarsen stones, lintel stones and “trilithons”, which is just a fancy name for the biggest stones in the configuration.

But as Joss Fong of Vox explains with a tiny Neolithic model in this video, the presence of animal bones around the central structure could suggest that Stonehenge was built to honour a completely different time of year. What time of year might that be? You’ll have to watch to find out.