Stonehenge II started about 2000 B.C. This is the stage where most of the large stones were transported to the Salisbury Plains by the Beaker people. They also constructed the dirt road leading from the entrance all the way to the Avon River. The Beaker people built two partial circles of blue stone in the center of the Avenue, concentric to each other. Studies show that the Beaker people carried these four ton stones about 300 miles from Mount Prescelly. They did this by using the roller and sledge technique to get the stones across land. Then they crossed Milford Haven by floating the stones on rafts. When they got to there next stop, they then used the roller and sledge technique once again to get the stones to the site. Another task taking part in Stonehenge II was the creation of the Q and R holes. The Q holes make a circle, 86 feet in diameter. The R holes make a circle, 74 feet in diameter, inside the Q holes. Archaeologists believe they contained about 38 blue stones that were used for later construction, but, of course, they are not quite sure. The construction of Stonehenge II ended suddenly in about 2000 B.C. The Beaker people didn't even finish constructing, leaving some of the blue stones out of place. Some theories of their disappearance suggest the builders of the next stage ran them off (fortunecity.com). It seems the more facts we have, the more mystery becomes involved. Maybe the right facts will send mystery into history. Join me next time for the final stage of construction.
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