The Mystery of Stonehenge
What is Stonehenge, exactly? Looks like a pile of big stones, right? In fact, this strange structure is older than some of the Great Pyramids and full of mysteries. Who built it? How did they raise such heavy rocks without modern equipment? How was the site used? And were any aliens involved? Find out today, as we travel across the Atlantic to England to explore this mysterious rock formation and more.
what you’ll need
- Your Camp Kinda toolkit
- A paper plate
- Tape, Silly Putty, or any kind of play-dough (here's an easy homemade recipe)
- A plastic straw
Ask About Today
Why did ancient people make such a big deal out of the summer and winter solstices? For instance, historians believe that big celebrations were held at Stonehenge each December on the shortest day of the year. Why celebrate a short day?
If you could build a monument that would last thousands of years, what would it be? And how would future civilizations understand it?
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What do historians know about Stonehenge? And what mysteries remain?
Start with this short animated video about how scientists cracked the mystery of Stonehenge, from Infographic Kids.
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New Discoveries at Stonehenge
Stonehenge is one of the most famous places on Earth and has been studied carefully for hundreds of years. But did you know that we are still learning surprising and significant things about it all the time? Recently, scientists announced the discovery of a giant ring of very deep holes near Stonehenge. What were they used for?
Stonehenge has been the subject of many wild—and wildly inaccurate—theories over the years, including that the stones were placed by aliens. But that’s hardly the only historical myth floating around. Here are 14 historical "facts" that are actually fiction. (Get this: The Vikings didn’t really wear helmets with horns!)
Stonehenge was carefully designed to align with the movement of the sun. Special stones marked the sunrise on the longest day of the year and the sunset on the shortest day. Before the invention of clocks, the sun’s regular patterns were essential for timekeeping. Believe it or not, we can still use the sun that way today.
Stonehenge is British, so today let's have a British workout.
Work out with Coach Joe
What's a British workout, you might ask? It's a workout with Joe, our favorite PE teacher. Each day, he leads a fun, simple 20-minute workout. Get moving!