Reconstructing Stonehenge

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In response to Mike’s blogpost Stonehenge It Still Works

Many people don’t know that Stonehenge was actually reconstructed sporadically throughout the twentieth century. Currently, it may look nothing like it did when it was initially constructed, so its original form is anybody’s guess. Nonetheless, it stands as a monolithic reminder of the mysteries of the long-lost ancient world– authentic or not. Here are some pictures of its reconstruction:

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3 Responses to “Reconstructing Stonehenge”

  1. AJ Says:

    Repairs to stop further collapse – and remedial engineering works – it was not actually ‘reconstructed’. Today it looks just as it did in 1740 when John Wood made the first accurate survey – the only thing that is different is that the surviving upright of the Great Trilithon (stone 56) no longer leans.

  2. pfiste80 Says:

    Everyone should try to make a pilgrimage to the thing. It’s a surreal experience. Check out the link in my post if you want to know more about Stonehenge–the National Geographic is pretty tough to beat.

  3. archillogical Says:

    It was by no means ‘sporadic’, which suggests people turning up on the odd occasion to do some work without any kind of planning, at least not during the 20th century. Considering how difficult it is to actually move the stones (your pictures portray the heavy equipment required) the positions of those which have not been lifted clear of the ground can be considered correct, and even those set upright are within inches of the original setting. There is no doubting the original intent of the designers in placing the stones – to suggest their design has in some way been compromised during the past 100 years when it has stood the test of time for some 12,000 years is unnecessary and misleading. Next you’ll be suggesting it was some kind of temple built by British farmers in the late Neolithic – preposterous!

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