History is vital to society for a better understanding of who we are and where we come from. We can use the lessons of yesterday to plan for the future and avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. We see history all around us in the structures we build and preserve but some things we just aren’t sure about. Across the globe, there are many places that were obviously constructed for a purpose but either were built pre-recorded history or the information has been lost or destroyed over time and so historians and archaeologists can only speculate, albeit with educated guesses, as to the mysterious origins of these structures. Here are just a few.
11Stonehenge – Wiltshire, UK
A pre-historic monument of standing stones, Stonehenge was built by a culture that left no written records or hints about how or why this circle of monolithic pillars was put there. Despite this, it is still inherently linked to the iconography of Great Britain and theories point to it being a ritualistic place of worship or supernatural power.
Dating around sometime between 3000BC and 2000BC, perhaps what is most impressive is the discovery that the stones used in the construction of this English landmark originate from Wales in a pit 160 miles away from where they now stand. No one is quite sure how they were transported there as the technology to do so, seemingly, did not exist at this time.