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Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage; the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.
The Oxford English Dictionary cites Ælfric's tenth-century glossary, in which henge-cliff is given the meaning "precipice", or stone, thus the stanenges or Stanheng "not far from Salisbury" recorded by eleventh-century writers are "supported stones".
It stood in open grassland on a slightly sloping spot.
The builders placed the bones of deer and oxen in the bottom of the ditch, as well as some worked flint tools.
Within the outer edge of the enclosed area is a circle of 56 pits, each about a metre (3 ft 3 in) in diameter, known as the Aubrey holes after John Aubrey, the seventeenth-century antiquarian who was thought to have first identified them.
The pits may have contained standing timbers creating a timber circle, although there is no excavated evidence of them.
Archaeologists have found four, or possibly five, large Mesolithic postholes (one may have been a natural tree throw), which date to around 8000 BC, beneath the nearby modern tourist car-park.
William Stukeley in 1740 notes, "Pendulous rocks are now called henges in Yorkshire...