Did the druids have anything to do with Stonehenge?

The grand Neolithic monument, nestled away on Salisbury Plain, is so often connected to the druids. But there is reason to believe their histories don't match…

Revellers at Stonehenge

Archaeology has shown that Stonehenge began as an earthwork and cremation cemetery in around 3100 BC, with its final phases of construction ending in the Bronze Age, around about 1600 BC.

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That puts its completion over a millennium before the first historical references to druids appear in the writings of Greek and Roman historians.

However, the stones were set up for ritual and religious purposes and they remained accessible for every generation since the Neolithic period.

With that in mind, it is highly unlikely that druid priests of the Celtic Iron Age and Roman period did not worship or make offerings there, much as people
still do today.

Answered by one of our Q&A experts, historian and author Miles Russell

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This article was taken from BBC History Revealed magazine