In ancient times,
hundreds of years before the dawn of history,
lived an ancient race of people:
The Druids.

No one knows who they were,
or what they were doing,
but their legacy remains,
hewn into the living rock, of ....


Stonehenge !
Where the demons dwell,
Where the banshees live,
And they do live well.
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Stonehenge !
Where a man is a man,
And the children dance,
To the pipes of pan.
Stonehenge !
Tis a magic place,
Where the moon doth rise,
With a dragon's face.
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Stonehenge !
Where the virgins lie,
And the prayers of devils,
Fill the midnight sky.

And you my love,
Won't you take my hand,
We'll go back in time,
To that mystic land.
Where the dew drops cry,
And the cats meow.
I will take you there,
I will show you how.

And oh how they danced,
the little children of Stonehenge
beneath the haunted moon,
for fear that daybreak might come too soon.
And where are they now ?
The little people of Stonehenge.
And what would they say to us,
if we were here... tonight.

- Spinal Tap -

Without doubt one of the most famous megalithic sites in the world, this impressive monument on the Salisbury plains has been visited by more tourists, and spawned more fanciful theories, than any other ancient pile of rocks, with the possible exception of the Egyptian pyramids. Here's what the respectable scholars tell us about Stonehenge...

Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't build by the Druids. Stonehenge was already ancient when the Druids first arrived in Britain.

It was first built about 2800 BC, and underwent sporadic 'renovations' for about 1300 years, reaching its current form around 1550 BC. The sarcen stones, which weigh up to 50 tons,  were brought from 'nearby' Avebury, a mere 32 km away, while the bluestones were quarried in Dyfed, Wales, and transported over 380km across southern Britain.

It's surrounded by a large number of barrows, ancient earthen mounds where warrior chiefs were buried with their weapons, and ornaments of gold and amber. This suggests that it was the Westminster Abbey of its day, the burial place of kings, and a place of worship for pilgrims from all over England, and possibly the continent.

It's one of hundreds of megalithic sites found throughout western Europe, especially the British Isles and Britanny.