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This December 21st as they have for more than a thousand years, England's Druids celebrated the arrival of winter at the mysterious, magnificent ruins known as Stonehenge. While Druids claim it as the centerpiece of their religion, scientists have refuted that claim pointing to archaeological evidence of activity at the site dating back more than 10 thousand years, long before Druids first emerged in the British Isles.

So if the Druids didn't build Stonehenge, who did? Why did they build it? Scientists believe they are finally starting to unravel some of Stonehenge's longest standing mysteries and to build a theoretical people of the people who built it despite being not far removed from what one learned scientist said were little more than "howling savages".

While the arguments continue over the "who" and the "why" of Stonehenge, there was never much doubt that it was an astronomical clock that could predict the summer and winter solstices and other major astronomical events with astounding accuracy.

Even though Stonehenge stands among the world's great archaeological sites, it's been notoriously difficult for visitors to see up and close and personal. Thankfully, that has changed. A new visitor center offers much easier access and a central gathering place where scientists and staff members can share the latest information and insights about this magnificent piece of ancient history.



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