My own view was that the trilithons
had marched east under their own steam, strange headless beasts, the last of the giants.
This previously unknown fact - revealed by the laser scan operation - suggests that the great 'trilithons
' may have been constructed slightly before the great circle rather than being contemporary with it.
"The labia majora could be represented by the outer stone circle, and possibly the outer mound; the labia minora by the inner circle of trilithons
; the clitoris by the altar stone (which probably stood vertical), while the empty geometric center of the henge would be the birth canal," said Anthony Perks, Ph.D., and Darlene Bailey of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (J.R.
The Stonehenge in his picture is a jumble of fallen and collapsing stones with few of the trilithons
- two uprights and a lintel - still intact.
They also erected five large "trilithons
" (Greek, meaning three stones) in a horseshoe shape inside the circle.
How many trilithons
are standing at Stonehenge in Wiltshire?
These cultures, which erected the huge trilithons
that marked the lunar and the solar standstill positions at the horizon, must have been highly stratified, with specialized groups each assigned their own role in the project.
Recent radiocarbon dates from Stonehenge, though, show that the sequence of its three megalithic phases was: (1) on or before 2700 BCE, the first bluestone setting was erected; (2) the bluestones were removed from the Q and R Holes and the imposing sarsen lintelled circle and trilithons
were constructed around 2500 BCE; (3) finally, about 2250 BCE, the bluestones were restored as a circle and horseshoe inside the sarsens.