AN ILLUSTRATION OF STONEHENGE AND ABURY IN THE COUNTY OF WILTS POINTING OUT THEIR ORIGIN AND CHARACTER THROUGH CONSIDERATIONS HITHERTO UNNOTICED
BY H, BROWNE
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Note how Stone 14 is propped up and that there seems to be a visible stone under the north east corner of Stone 55a (the fallen stone of the Great Trilithon's bottom part). It might be a packing sarsen that has been uncovered, but I'm not sure.
Stukeley also pictured 14 propped up, and 59 slightly raised;
"Less well understood is the role that water plays in the location of these monument complexes. In almost every case study... they sit alongside a river or water‐course in close proximity to a spring....The presence of water seems to have been a key factor in the initial selection of
locations.....The reason that water is so important is perhaps because of its religious significance,
which explains why prehistoric monuments were built adjacent to springs and rivers...."