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===Early interpretations===
[[ImageΑρχείο:Stonehenge_Wide_Angle.jpg|thumb|right|Stonehenge, 2004]]
 
Many early historians were influenced by supernatural [[Stonehenge#Myths and legends|folktales]] in their explanations
 
===Construction techniques and design===
[[ImageΑρχείο:Stonehenge_Closeup.jpg|thumb|right|Closeup of Stonehenge]]
 
Much speculation has also surrounded the engineering feats required to build Stonehenge. Assuming that the bluestones were brought from Wales by hand and not transported by glaciers as Aubrey Burl has claimed, various methods of moving them relying only on timber and rope have been suggested. During 2001, in an exercise in [[experimental archaeology]], an attempt was made to transport a large stone along a land and sea route from Wales to Stonehenge. Volunteers pulled it on a wooden sledge over land but once transferred to a replica prehistoric boat, the stone sank in rough seas in the [[Bristol Channel]].
By [[2008]], the new road schemes should be completed and the old roads closed. Costs for the new road and visitor facilities are estimated at £270m by English Heritage.
 
[[ImageΑρχείο:Stonehengesunset.jpg|left|thumb|Stonehenge at sunset]]
 
==Myths and legends==
''The Heel Stone'' was once known as the Friar's Heel. A folk tale, which cannot be dated earlier than the seventeenth century, relates the origin of the name of this stone: ''The [[Devil]] bought the stones from a woman in Ireland, wrapped them up, and brought them to Salisbury plain. One of the stones fell into the [[River Avon, Hampshire|Avon]], the rest were carried to the plain. The Devil then cried out, "No-one will ever find out how these stones came here." A friar replied, "That's what you think!," whereupon the devil threw one of the stones at him and struck him on the heel. The stone stuck in the ground, and is still there.''
 
[[imageΑρχείο:Heelstone.JPG|right|thumb|230px|The Heel Stone]]
Some claim "Friar's Heel" is a corruption of "Freya's He-ol" or "Freya Sul", from the Germanic goddess [[Freya]] and (allegedly) the Welsh words for "way" and "sun day" respectively.
 
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