This week in the British Isles 本周英伦

更新时间 2012年 6月 22日, 星期五 - 格林尼治标准时间15:47
  • Despite overcast skies 阴云天, thousands of people gathered at Stonehenge 巨石阵 on 21 June to celebrate the summer solstice 夏至 – the longest day of the year. The word ‘solstice’ means a stopping or standing of the sun.
  • Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument composed of large stones set in a circle in the county of Wiltshire, England. For over a century, people have come here to celebrate the summer solstice. Stonehenge has been the subject of speculation 揣测 throughout recorded history: what is the meaning of this mysterious 神秘的 structure?
  • Stonehenge was built in six stages between 3000 and 1520 BCE. Archaeological evidence 考古学数据 shows that it served as a cemetery 墓地, and it was recently suggested it was used as a place of healing 治疗康复. Others think it was an important religious site for Britons 4,000 years ago.
  • In this photo, a man blows a horn 号角 during the summer solstice. People danced and talked as they waited for sunrise 日出 at the UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • A man jumps off one of the stones. The Stonehenge that is visible today is not complete: many stones were taken away during Britain’s Roman and medieval periods 罗马和中世纪时期。
  • The sculpture in this photo is called ‘Citihenge’ and is a recreation 创作 of the real Stonehenge… except it’s made entirely from car parts. It was a meeting point for Londoners to celebrate the summer solstice. Can you see Tower Bridge in the background?
  • Children and adults alike can take their shoes off and bounce 弹跳 on this life-size replica 仿制 of Stonehenge by the artist Jeremy Deller. It will be touring around the UK for the next 12 weeks. It’s not the same as the real thing, but it is easier to carry!

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