Stonehenge is Britain's greatest national symbol that symbolizes mystic past, power and endurance. Constructed approximately five thousand years ago, Stonehenge is believed to serve as a temple for the ancient earth deities, though the original purpose is unclear. The view of so-called "hanging" stones, forming several rings or circles, is enormously impressive; it looks magical and sacred, fantabulous and honorable, striking the imagination of a modern observer as the place, having used much of ancient efforts and engineering to be built. However, Stonehenge is not the only stone monolith in England; there are dozens of others, which can be seen on the map of England stones.
Exploring the stone memorials of England is one-of-the-kind experience, bringing you as far back as to thousands of years, when these magnificent constructions were erected. As the map of England stones shows, many of stone memorials are concentrated in the southwest of the region not far from renowned Stonehenge and several are found in the north. According to their specific features, these ancient monoliths are subdivided into Barrow hillforts, stone circles, standing stones and stone rows, dolmens and other kinds of stone constructions.
Stonehenge is referred to stone circles, while another impressive monolith of the kind is Avebury, the largest stone circle in the world. It is 427m (1401ft) in diameter and covers an area of some 28 acres (11.5 ha). Each of the stones weighs about 40 tons; the preserved construction consists of a great ring, containing ninety nine sarsen labs and two smaller inner circles of thirty rough stones each. Some of the remarkable stones are the largest Swindon Stone, weighing about 60 tons, the Devil's Chair with mystic powers and the ability to summon the devil if you run round it one hundred times anti-clockwise and the oddly shaped Repaired Stone.
A remarkable sample of barrow hillforts is Adam's Grave, settled on top of Walker's Hill in Wiltshire. Adam's Grave is one of the most spectacular long barrows, displaying the mastery of a prehistoric man in designing the landscape. The construction is about 60m (196ft) long and 6m (19ft) high. There are ditches 6m (19ft) wide and 0.9m (3ft) deep on each side and the traces of a sarsen stone burial chamber at the southeast end of the barrow.
The King Stone is situated in Warwickshire County with the town of Chipping Norton and the village of Long Compton, lying nearby. The King Stone is a twisted standing stone, 2.5m (8ft) tall and 1.5m (5ft) wide, placed behind an iron fence across the road that runs between the menhir and the circle. The stone is connected with many legends, while one says that all the stones in this region were once a king and his army. They met a witch, who owned the land and turned the unbidden guests into stones that are now the King Stone, the Rollright Stones circle and the Whispering Knights burial chamber all located nearby.
An interactive map of England stones is available on ttp://www.stonepages.com/. This efficient map of England stones shows all stone monoliths in England and has an access to the description of each sample.