Stonehenge Timeline

Stonehenge Timeline

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© A Johnson, from ‘Solving Stonehenge’

( published by Thames & Hudson 2008 )



7 Responses to “Stonehenge Timeline”

  1. what era was stonehenge built?

  2. Alex, the widely accepted dates are shown on the timeline, it wasn’t just one event but many – over some 1500 years. But the short answer is Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age (for most of the construction phases).

  3. It has always been my understanding and teaching that Stonehenge was constructed from about 3200bc to about 1300bc. We had some builders in recently who took a similar amount of time!!!

  4. Andrew,

    I think you may be on to something there, ” it wasn’t our fault gov. the dealers were out of Bluestone…will be in on Tuesday ” . Will that be Late Neolithic Tuesday or Early Bronze Age Tuesday mr. Riley?

    Anyway, the last known activity ‘Y & Z holes’ probably around 1600 BC.

  5. Hi
    when the ancient monuments people raised some of the bridging stones and placed them back across between the main pillars in around 1958, using a crane, what percentage of these stones that are seen now in place, were lifted back into place?

  6. Hi Nick,

    In terms of what we see now Stonehenge looks as did before the western Trilithon fell in 1797, that was the main task of restoration done in the 1950s i.e. re-erecting that Trilithon. Stones did fall in the 20th century, and they have also been restored – but nothing has been added, they were simply put back as they were. Most of the stones that are missing had gone before 1575. Also Inigo Jones complained that some, probably small ‘bluestones’, disappeared between his visits in the 17th century.

    Have a look the ‘more new graphics’ page for details of the main events re stones falling and being re-set (zoom in on the history graphic)

  7. Hi Thanks for that. I did find an interesting reference to that Trilithon and the 1960s work – apparently stone 23 fell over in 63, so was resurrected, and it and three others cemented in place – in a different source, it was John Sargeant’s book about the Frith postcards. I visited there in 1958 approx and took a Brownie 127 photo that has become famous, in the family, because it shows the stones and a crane, but these are obscured because i then took a double exposure, by accident, to also show some swans at Exmouth. So it would not be much help to you! Sargeant says English heritage included pics of the restoration work in a 2004 book of “Stonehenge: a history in photographs” rgds nick

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