In a previous series of articles I have explained the disposition of the site’s postholes in terms of the overall layout of other Class Ei buildings [1, 2].
However, the actual construction sequence offers an explanation why the archaeology of this most intensively studied site has proved so confusing.
I have explained that these concentric rings of posts are buildings, an explanation based mostly on measurement; I have offered by way of explanation detailed scaled drawings and defined how the building was assembled in terms of materials and engineering principles, accounting for the special arrangement of postholes as well their individual depth and diameter. All of which can be deduced from the existing data set of these similar prehistoric structures.
Two phases of building
This understanding of large posthole structures has arisen from a study of postholes, and its application to Stonehenge is entirely coincidental.In the previous articles, apart from a more detailed consideration of Woodhenge, I have concentrated on the generalities this type of building, but each has its own characteristics as befits high status architecture.
This of course is particularly true of Stonehenge, in that it has stone components mixed with a more traditional timber roof with posts. It is also generally simpler and perhaps more massive construction than others Ei buildings.
It follows that the building contained the Bluestones, which one might suppose were removed during rebuilding.
That Stonehenge’s postholes and other features can be understood rationally, in terms of the ‘processes’ of building construction, rather than being the product or expression of belief, is at odds with the postprocessual aspects of the current academic approach. However, while it does not preclude that the stones embodied or represented something spiritual, cosmic, or astrologically profound, it is not something that is implicit in the dataset, which cannot rationally support ideas about its own perception or cosmology.
 Previous Articles on this:
Bronze Age Architecture; Woodhenge
Interlace Theory; Understanding Woodhenge
Debunking the myth of Timber circles
Stonehenge and the Archaeology of the Prehistoric Roof