Photos: Stonehenge's day in the sun

Photos: Stonehenge's day in the sun

Summary: On the summer solstice, the ancient stone structure in England is the place to be. And to imitate.

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  • Summer solstice

    A man stands on top of Stonehenge as the sun rises on June 21, 2006, in Amesbury, England. An estimated 19,000 people celebrated the start of the longest day of the year at the 5,000-year-old stone circle. Reportedly, only four arrests were made at the all-night party.

  • Stonehenge

    Construction around the Neolithic and Bronze Age monument has been dated as far back as 3100 BC--with the stones being erected between 2500 and 2000 BC. There are many stories about who built the monument. One of the most popular theories says that it was built by Druids, Celtic priests who supposedly used it for sacrificial ceremonies. How the mammoth stones were moved by a society with Stone Age technology has confounded experts and led many to believe in extraterrestrial assistance.

  • Sunset 2005

    The summer solstice at Stonehenge became a pilgrimage for present-day druids and other modern visitors in the 1870s. In 1905, the Ancient Order of Druids first recreated Druidic practices to celebrate the longest day of the year. The celebrations grew until 1985, when 30,000 pilgrims attended a celebration that ended in a violent confrontation with police. This resulted in a ban on summer solstice visitors that lasted until 2000.

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