Stonehenge - Wiltshire, England
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N 51° 10.766 W 001° 49.559
30U E 582061 N 5670433
Quick Description: This postage stamp depicts the ancient and famous Stonehenge, a megalithic monument in Wiltshire, England, UK.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/3/2012 6:35:47 PM
Waymark Code: WMET2G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Long Description:

The 1992 Maldive Islands Stonehenge souvenir sheet was issued by the Maldive Islands to recognize the mystery of Stonehenge. The following text is included on the souvenir sheet: "The giant circle of megaliths each weighing as much as 45 tons was erected in three phases over a span of almost 1,000 years. Though many theories exist, no one knows the purpose of Stonehenge!" This sheet for Stonehenge is part of set of 16 sheets in the Mysteries of the Universe series from Maldives.


"Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 2.0 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

Archaeologists believe the stone monument was constructed anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC, as described in the chronology below. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were erected in 2400–2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been erected at the site as early as 3000 BC.

The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury Henge monument. It is a national legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage, while the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.

Archaeological evidence found by the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008 indicates that Stonehenge could possibly have served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. The dating of cremated remains found on the site indicate that deposits contain human bone material from as early as 3000 BC, when the initial ditch and bank were first dug. Such deposits continued at Stonehenge for at least another 500 years." -- Wikipedia

Stamp Issuing Country: Maldive Islands

Date of Issue: 10/28/1992

Denomination: 1.25 Rufiyaa

Color: Blue, gray, orange, white.

Stamp Type: Multiple (blocks, etc.)

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