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University of Buckingham via iversity


When was Stonehenge built? Who built it? How was it built? Why was it built? Answers cannot be promised to all of these, but we can get better at asking the questions and work towards solutions. We can look at how people have responded to Stonehenge. Most of all we can begin to think about what Stonehenge means to us.

What do I learn?

  • To understand present archaeological thinking about Stonehenge.
  • To evaluate responses to Stonehenge in art, literature, music, architecture and culture.
  • To consider your own response to Stonehenge, expressed through two peer-evaluated mini-essays.


Chapter 1: The Stonehenge Landscape
Stonehenge as a landscape of prehistoric sites. A historical context: the Mesolithic, the Neolithic and the building of the Stonehenge.

Chapter 2: Who built Stonehenge?
Theories: when, by whom, how and why.

Chapter 3: Stonehenge Problems
Context - the Stonehenge landscape: problems with transportation and erection. Part destruction - why and how?

Chapter 4: Responses to Stonehenge 
An array of responses: Geoffrey of Monmouth (1138); the antiquarian tradition, the temple and astronomic alignments traditions; various amateur theories; the archaeological traditions.
Stonehenge, Woodhenge: monuments in a landscape

Chapter 5: Cultural Contexts
Stonehenge in fiction, poetry, music, art and popular culture.

Chapter 6: Stonehenge Today
Stonehenge as a cultural icon, emblem of Britain, World Heritage site and sacred space.
Blick Mead as the cradle of Stonehenge.

Chapter 7: Reassessing Stonehenge 
Written activity as an assessment

Chapter 8: Responses to Stonehenge
Examination of students' responses through their essays. Integration of blog, Wiki, Twitter and eBook as a way of continuing the discussion after the course.

Taught by

Dr Graeme Davis


3.0 rating, based on 3 Class Central reviews

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  • After fully completing this class, I think the truth is that there isn't enough known about Stonehenge to have a class on just Stonehenge. For my tastes, there was way too much "what do YOU think?" regarding any given question. Who cares what I think? Give me the facts please!
  • Sian O'hara
    Was pretty interesting and learned lots of new things. I would love a more updated course on the recent excavations in Stonghenge and for it to be a longer course.
  • Aana

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