Stonehenge: Up Close 12th December 2011

4 12 2011

Stonehenge access guided tourGain a rare and fascinating insight into the famous World Heritage Site with an exclusive tour around the site led by one of English Heritage’s experts. Start the tour with exclusive early morning access to the stone circle at Stonehenge accompanied by our expert. Visit key archaeology sites including Durrington Walls, Woodhenge and The Cursus and learn more about the archaeological landscape and investigative work that has gone on in recent years. Includes tea and coffee.

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Link: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/stonehenge-up-close-s-12-dec/

Durrington Walls – is the site of a large Neolithic settlement and later henge enclosure. It is 2 miles north-east of Stonehenge. Recent excavation at Durrington Walls, support an estimate of a community of several thousand, thought to be the largest one of its age in north-west Europe. At 500m in diameter, the henge is the largest in Britain and recent evidence suggests that it was a complementary monument to Stonehenge

Woodhenge – Neolithic monument, dating from about 2300 BC, six concentric rings, once possibly supported a ring-shaped building.

Stonehenge Cursus –  (sometimes known as the Greater Cursus) is a large Neolithic cursus monument next to Stonehenge. It is roughly 3km long and between 100 and 150m wide. Excavations by the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2007 dated the construction of the earthwork to between 3630 and 3375 BC. This makes the monument several hundred years older than the earliest phase of Stonehenge in 3000 BC.

Bronze Age round barrows – The Stonehenge UNESCO world heritage site is said to contain the most concentrated collection of prehistoric sites and monuments in the world. One monument type missed by the casual observer is that of the Bronze Age round barrow (burial mounds). As we walk through this landscape, you will come into contact with these intriguing ancient burial sites and through the expertise of our tour leaders, you will come face to face with the customs and people of Bronze Age society buried in close proximity to the unique stone circle of Stonehenge. Stonehenge Avenue – Walk along the Stonehenge Avenue and approach this unique stone circle as was the intended route experienced by the Stonehenge’s contempories.

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Merlin says: The Stonehenge landscape is more important than the Stone Circle – do this tour with the English Heritage………..

Merlin @ Stonehenge

 




Stonehenge lit up ‘will make it theme park’ claims Druid

4 12 2011

Lighting up Stonehenge at night would turn it into a “theme park”, says a senior Druid.

Lady Mimi Pakenham from Warminster sparked the idea of illuminating the stones to “really display them” in a letter to a national newspaper.

Stonehenge was lit up at night for a period in the 1970s and early 1980s

Stonehenge was lit up at night for a period in the 1970s and early 1980s

Senior Druid, King Arthur Pendragon, said it would “detract from the very purpose of Stonehenge”.

English Heritage, which manages the site, said it could be a distraction for nearby traffic.

Lady Pakenham, who raised the idea on the letters pages of the Times, said lights would give the monument dignity.

“I can’t understand why they haven’t at least done a trial run of very subtle lighting,” she said.

“I think very soft illumination, sort of like moonlight, for a few hours in the evening would really display it far more than it is now – where it’s looking rather abandoned.

“It’s all fenced in like a concentration camp, so soft lights for a few hours in the dark of the night – it would actually be the real jewel in England’s wonderful, wonderful monuments and buildings.”

‘Dark and broody’

King Arthur Pendragon, battle chieftain of the Council of British Druid Orders, said: “The place is supposed to be dark and broody – that’s part of the mysticism of Stonehenge – and illuminating it would only detract from its very purpose as a sun temple.

“It’s not designed to be illuminated at night and in my opinion it smacks of theme park Stonehenge which is everything I stand against.”

According to English Heritage, Stonehenge was lit up at night for a period in the 1970s and early 1980s.

“But that practice was stopped due to an increase in road accidents caused by vehicles slowing down to observe the monument,” said a spokesperson.

“As there is even more traffic today on the A303, that risk cannot be ignored.”

Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-15998526

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Merlin say: No! moonlight only please………….

Merlin @ Stonehenge
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