Ancient Mysteries

Summer Solstice At Stonehenge To Be Streamed Live For The First Time Ever

Summer Solstice At Stonehenge To Be Streamed Live For The First Time Ever

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, visitors will not be allowed to visit the neolithic site to witness the summer solstice at Stonehenge on June 21st, 2020.

For the first time ever though, the event is being streamed live online by English Heritage, the UK charity that manages the historic site along with hundreds of other monuments, buildings, and places across the UK.

"Our cameras will capture the best views of Stonehenge, allowing you to connect with this spiritual place from the comfort of your own home."

No-one knows who built the neolithic site or why, but marking the passage of the sun was obviously very important to the builders of this ancient monument as it aligns perfectly with the sun at midsummer and midwinter. Perhaps they were farmers or animal herders, so the passage of the seasons was important for their way of life? Perhaps it was for spiritual reasons and they worshipped the sun god? Although remains of cremated bodies have been found at the site, there is very little else to suggest what kind of celebrations they had during the solar alignments. Many hypothesize that human sacrifices were carried out at the site to appease the weather gods so that their harvest was not threatened.

Summer Solstice Stonehenge Heel Stone
Thousands gather at Stonehenge for longest day (2018).

Normally crowds of people make a pilgrimage to the site to witness the alignment of the sun to the monument at the summer solstice, but this wouldn’t be possible due to the current social distancing requirements and that is why English Heritage have requested that visitors don’t come to the site, but stay at home and watch the live stream of the event on their Facebook page at approximately 4: 52 (UK time) on the morning of June 21st and witness a site that has fascinated humankind for millennia.

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