Stonehenge Essay

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On June 20, 2012 at sunrise in Wilshire, England as visitors, gather around Stonehenge to witness the rebirth of a new day, not far away in England a car manufacture SKODA also waits until sunrise to unveil its own replica of this megalith, called Citihenge. To celebrate the launching of their new car the Citigo, SKODA hired Tommy Gun to build a replica of Stonehenge out of used cars. In addition, Citihenge (also known as carhenge) replicates only the outer circle of the Stonehenge and was built on what many believed are magical ley lines. (2) Why build a replica of Stonehenge and unveil it on the sunrise of the summer solstice? Pietro Panariski, spokesperson for SKODA, can best sum this in a statement,
“The Citigo embodies the future of driving and is the smartest option for forward-thinking city drivers. While traditional cars struggle to perform well under the strain of city driving, the Citigo is designed to excel in the urban environment. Citihenge symbolizes the beginning of a new era of motoring and we hope drivers across the country will recognize this important turning point.”(1)
The model for Citihengne was based on the megalithic stone monument located in Wilshire, England called Stonehenge. This monument was created in the time of Neolithic people approximately ca. 2550-1600 BCE and was thought to be a site for funeral burials in the beginning. Archeologists have discovered at least 250 people were buried at this site. In later years, the site was possibly used for healing, religious gathering or some believe a large solar calendar. After 2300 BC, archeologist believe the people turn the site into a mystical place of healing and Stonehenge became a place of religious celebrations. In reality no really knows how the ancient people used this site. On the sunrise of the summer solstice over 20, 0000 people are drawn to Stonehenge; some of these visitors are druids who believe that this site is the center of spiritualism. A few interesting facts about Stonehenge is that it is a trilithon, containing three rings of stones, which some of these stones weight as much as 50 tons. The larger stones that makeup the outer circle are Sarsen, which is a form of sandstone. These large stones were brought from Marlborough Downs, which is 20 miles north of the site. Each of these stones are as tall as 30 feet, weight from 25-50 tons each. The outer circle is constructed in the form of post and lintels. The smaller blue stones only weigh up to 4 tons and were from the...

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