> Hi and hello from the wilds of Windsor, Ontario, Canada. I am a new
>subscriber to this list and am looking forward to some interesting exchanges.
>As my first posting, I would ask if anyone out there has any info on
>Stonehenge. I'm looking for some fairly basic info, (creators, age,
>purposes, ....) I have been interested in the henge for some time, and
>would look forward to some detailed info, if it is to be had.
First off, remember that Stonehenge trails into prehistory long before we
have solid evidence of a cohesive cultural entity we would call "Celtic".
Stonehenge as we know it begins to emerge in something like 3,000 BCE,
the earliest material remains that seem likely to be associated with those
we now call Celts are associated with the so called Urnfield culture on the
Continent (around 1200 BCE).
While it is impossible to know how and where the Celtic languages (and
culture) originate, and where they were during the construction of
it might be a red-herring to think too closely about Stonehenge as being
Celtic. While there are fascinating connections between Celtic culture and
the earlier megalithic remains and apparent culture, and I myself would
for a long-standing continuity of culture (rather than breaks in continuity
and tradition because of so-called "invaders" or "migrations" which have
evidence to support their occurances), I wouldn't spend too much time
into Stonehenge for finding Celts.
Anne Ross considers briefly some of these possibilities in "Life and
of a Druid Prince".
One of the better books (fairly recent) on Stonehenge is, I think, called
"Stonehenge Complete" by Richard Atkinson. Another good book, more
though, is "The Stonehenge People" by Rodney Castleton. He takes a bunch
archaeological data and patterns and tries to reconstruct some idea of what
the people and religious beliefs/practices might have been like.
There's certainly no lack of books on the subject of Stonehenge - the
difficulty is knowing how "reliable" they are.