Are modern-day Druids wrong about the summer solstice at Stonehenge?

As they do every year on the summer solstice—which this year falls on Friday, June 21—modern-day Druids and assorted revelers will gather at Stonehenge to watch the sun rise over the heel stone outside the entrance to the circle. But I think these New Age Druids have it wrong.    

The winter sunset, not the summer sunrise, is what the Stonehenge builders were more likely celebrating. The very design of Stonehenge itself confirms my conclusion, because the tallest upright stones in the monument were aligned to the winter sunset. 

It makes sense to me that the Stonehenge builders would have considered the tallest structure in their design as the most important. That would have been the center trilithon, which is composed of two 25-foot tall upright stones with a third stone connecting them at the top. The Stonehenge Scrolls calls them doorways, because that’s what they resemble. Four thousand years ago, the sun would have set between the uprights of this huge doorway during the winter solstice. Unfortunately, we can’t witness that today because only one of the stones of this structure is still standing.

Many other stone circles and other ancient monuments throughout the UK, Ireland and Brittany are aligned to the winter solstice, the start of the solar new year when days begin to lengthen again. In effect, Stonehenge was the site for New Year’s Eve celebrations.

So why do so many persist in flocking to Stonehenge on the first day of summer?  The Stonehenge Scrolls offers a fictional explanation. Hint: It’s somebody’s birthday.