"Stonehenge" Through the Ages
By Mike Boss
Alkyd on Panel
20" x 26"

From the Collection of Jim and Geralda Keith, Hill City, Kansas

In 1965, British astronomer Gerald S. Hawkins authored a book “Stonehenge Decoded.” At the time, when a freshman in high school, it might have been a bit over my head. However the images of the stones of antiquity were impressed, or better yet, burned in my mind.

Hawkins theorized Stonehenge was an ancient astronomical observatory for predicting the movements of the sun and stars. His ideas have been debated and much research on the builders and archeology as well. Stonehenge was built in roughly three time periods starting around 3,000 BC to 2000 BC. One of the world's most traveled destinations is on England's Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

There is no need to write any descriptive history and the like, as an abundance is found online.

After seeing early photographs and postcards of Stonehenge, I wanted to paint a human spirit type of painting showing some of the keepers over the centuries. They include the early builders, the Druids and the moderns symbolized by a low flying World War II Supermarine Spitfire just above the Heel Stone.