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  The Avenue  

Stonehenge construction began 10,000 years ago when the first three holes were dug using deer antlers, and huge “Totem Poles” were erected  5,000 years later Phase I began with the positioning of the first stones. During the next 1600 years, a horseshoe of bluestones were erected, followed by the great circle of sarsen stones, the huge arches called trilithons. The bluestones, weighing as much as 4 tons, were brought from the Preseli Mountains in West Wales, a distance of 385 kilometers.
The reason for Stonehenge’s construction remains a mystery. It may have been built as a temple to the sun, to measure the sun and moon’s position, as a calendar to mark the seasons, or to predict the re-occurrence of a catastrophic comet passing nearby.
On summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the sun rises over the specially positioned Heel Stone. Outside the main circle of stones at the north-eastern entrance lay wooden posts used as markers for astronomical measurements, particularly the midwinter moonrise. Farthest away, four larger posts are located in what was later to become known as “The Avenue,” a path leading to the northeast, and extending out 1-½ miles to the river Avon at Amesbury, England.
During the time construction began on Phase I in 3100 BC, Comet Encke flew past Earth as it sped towards the sun. Originating in the northeast, it rose in the evening with a huge bright stripe crossing much of the sky. The comet, and trail of debris tens of millions of kilometers long, would not only diminish sunlight for a few days, but would also cause catastrophic meteor storms and celestial fireworks. Phase I may have been built to record the near collision of Comet Encke. It is likely that Phases II and III were later built as lunar and solar observatories.
“The Avenue” depicts the northeast approach of Encke over Stonehenge as it journeys toward the sun. Ancient stones, reclaimed by the Sea, become the play ground for creatures far more advanced than modern humans dare to imagine.


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