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Stonehenge Was Built By Druids

Diego Delso
, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 3.0

If you were to ask anyone on the street who built Stonehenge, there’s a very good chance they’ll reply with “druids.” After all, just look at it! There’s no way that some sort of mystical ritual didn’t take place in there.

Well, sorry to ruin this for you, but Spinal Tap lied to us. The link between Druids and Stonehenge was made in 1640 by archaeologist John Aubrey using the age-old scientific method of “pulling it out of his butt.”

In fact, modern archeologists seem to think that Stonehenge was built by everybody but the Druids, with current theories arguing that stonehenge construction was not at any one time, but added to over the course of hundreds of years. Recent radiocarbon dating of Stonehenge has identified the first stones as being raised between 2400 B.C. and 2200 B.C., while most recent evidence of construction in the area dates to 1600 B.C. — well before druids occupied the region.