It’s been an exciting week at Stonehenge, one of the world’s most mysterious sites. Archaeologists, who have been digging away in the hopes of unearthing its secrets, now believe they are close to solving the biggest mystery of all: why it was erected in the first place.
The researchers say they’re close to reaching sockets that once held bluestones, smaller rocks that were believed to possess healing properties. They have a hunch that Stonehenge may have been the equivalent of an ancient hospital.
As scientists work to unravel this timeless puzzle, here’s a few other places I’d like to see them take a crack at figuring out:
The Carnac stones. In France, more than 3,000 standing stones were erected during the Neolithic period. It’s not known why anyone would go through the trouble of doing this. Legend has it that the stones were an army that the wizard Merlin turned into stone.
Glastonbury Tor. The 14th century church tower located atop a hill is rich in British folklore. It is believed to be the “Avalon” of Arthurian legend, and some believe it was where the mythic "Holy Grail" was kept.
Cerne Abbas Giant. Often called the “Rude Man,” the giant depiction of a naked man carved on a hillside may offend some sensibilities, but is still a sight to see. But who is that guy? Some claim the drawing is of a god. Others say it’s a parody of Oliver Cromwell. Whoever it is, his likeness seems to be easily mistakable.
These are a few just off the top of my head. But can you think of any other enigmatic spots?