"How did people manage to visit these monuments before the invention of
power and the internal combustion engine?"
They didn't! I first visited Stonehenge in about 1948 with my family in my
father's office-supplied car. We were the only car in sight and the only
visitors - this in the school summer holidays. There were about three
strands of barbed-wire fencing round the monument and an elderly man in a
uniform, who worked from a small shack and sold us entrance tickets.
Otherwise nothing but space and quiet apart from a few birds. Approaching
on a hot day on an empty road, you could see why it was called 'the giants'
"Was Stonehenge, say, built solely for local people who would arrive on
Not just local if they they had animal transport or were prepared to invest
some time in walking to the monument.