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This past June I visited Stonehenge! I traveled there on a coach bus with part of my friend’s wedding party. While the rest of the group chatted about the possibilities of Stonehenge being a druid creation, I kept muttering one thing….Pandorica!
The Pandora Has Opened
I don’t think you can be a true Whovian without believing (somewhat) in some of the proposed possibilities the series presents. To really set myself up for the occasion I luckily found some jelly babies in a local shop in Stow (where the wedding took place). So, did the Pandorica open at Stonehenge?
Upon arrival we received our audio guides and jumped on the bus up to the stones. A short ride later and we were there! Since we went shortly before the summer solstice there were some druids chanting around the stones. They used to let people walk right up to the stones, but because the ground isn’t stable they don’t let you do that anymore. Except occasionally for instances like the summer solstice. However, you can get pretty darn close to them! Archaeologists believe Stonehenge it was built anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC.
How Stonehenge is Made
Stonehenge was produced by a culture that left no written records. Many aspects of Stonehenge remain subject to debate. A number of myths surround the stones (*whispers* Pandorica!). What is known is that 30 enormous Oligocene-Miocene sarsen stones were brought to the site. Possibly from a quarry, around 25 miles north of Stonehenge on the Marlborough Downs. The stones were made with mortise and tenon joints before being erected (see below). Each standing stone was around 4.1 metres (13 ft) high, 2.1 metres (6 ft 11 in) wide and weighed around 25 tons.
We were there for about an hour or two. We also visited the Stonehenge visitor center which had even more information of the site. But let’s not forget, I attempted to dubsmash Matt Smith’s Pandorica speech. With the wind and the number of people around, it was hard to hear. So it was basically the world’s worst dubsmash, as well as more photos!