stonehengegypt - Kazaks 1 Maia Kazaks April 18, 2005 ArtHi...

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Kazaks 1 Maia Kazaks April 18, 2005 ArtHi 6F Wednesday 5-6 Architecture and Historical Ties There is more to architecture than simply the dimension and material of the walls, or the shape and style of a building. The intended use and unintentional functions help us understand the history surrounding the structure and time period in which it was constructed. The use of one particular architectural form over another signifies an important social ideology or relation regarding the purpose of the construction. However, to extract the uses, we cannot rely on plans and sections alone; the religious or ritualistic uses can only be known to us if we have literary sources and material culture surrounding the site. Near Wiltshire, England, a circular arrangement of megaliths (huge stones used for marking points of land) was constructed between 2800 and 1500 BCE (Kostof 38). These shaped boulders, known as Stonehenge, lack supplementary information, such as its construction or uses, which is essential for understanding the role of this site and the practice that surround its mystery. For example, the closest quarry of Bluestones, which were used in the second and final stages of Stonehenge’s construction, was about 300 miles from the site, which would have been difficult to transport (38). From this simple fact we can tell that the labor required to haul these stones was available, implying that
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ARTH 6C taught by Professor Monahan during the Summer '08 term at UCSB.

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