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The video below was recently brought to our attention. It looks as if this may be part of a series by ‘The Bald Explorer’, otherwise known as Richard Vobes. It’s a slightly irreverent and popularist look at some of England’s earliest monuments. If it is indeed the start of a series, then I for one can’t wait for the next installment!

History You Can Touch from Richard Vobes on Vimeo.

An interesting and informative video from ‘Aspects of Archaeology’ on the origins of the Three (and a bit) Ages of Archaeology:

There seems to be an almost limitless supply of theories about the meaning of Stonehenge but the question is rarely addressed with the degree of openmindedness as here.

(TOO open minded actually – some words and actions may upset sensitive viewers. But otherwise, enjoy!).

English Heritage has announced that –
 
A detailed survey of every stone that makes up Stonehenge using the latest technology, including a new scanner on loan from Z+F UK that has never before been used on a heritage project in this country, has resulted in the most accurate digital model ever produced of the world famous monument. With resolution level as high as 0.5mm in many areas, every nook and cranny of the stones’ surfaces is revealed with utmost clarity, including the lichens, Bronze Age carvings, erosion patterns and Victorian graffiti. Most surprisingly, initial assessment of the survey has suggested that the ‘grooves’ resulting from stone dressing on some sarsen stones (the standing stones) appear to be divided into sections, perhaps with different teams of Neolithic builders working on separate areas.

 

A first glimpse of the model can now be viewed here.

Reconstruction of Stanton Drew. Image © Michael Bott and Rupert Soskin

In this short video, Michael Bott and Rupert Soskin introduce Stonehenge, Woodhenge, Avebury and Stanton Drew, along with some stunning reconstructions of what these places may have once looked like and their  possible uses. Their book and longer video, Standing with Stones, is a remarkable and unprecedented documentary film that takes the viewer beyond Stonehenge on an incredible journey of discovery that reveals the true wealth and extent of Neolithic and Bronze Age Britain & Ireland.

If you ever wondered what it would be like to travel the length and breadth of the British Isles, visiting the most intriguing and enigmatic monuments that our ancestors left us, from Cornwall through England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland to the outer reaches of the Hebrides and Orkney, then you will love this film.

Described by one magazine reviewer as “A stunning study of standing stones. A work of art.” (Fortean Times), this is no amateur travelogue. Written and presented by writer and explorer Rupert Soskin and shot and edited by broadcast producer Michael Bott, this film is a stunningly beautiful and absorbing two and a quarter hour tour of our ancient heritage in the company of an engaging and knowledgeable host – the journey of a lifetime.

 
See also Standing with Stones, The adventures of two men and a camper van by Rupert Soskin.

 

Stonehenge
Image credit and © Littlestone

“Scientists in Wales have made a major discovery that could provide the key to unlocking the mysteries of Stonehenge. Using new technologies they have been able to prove the precise origins of some of the stones that make up the monument. Their discoveries are now fuelling debate about how the stones were moved and how the stone circle was constructed.”

Their research includes that conducted by the geochemist Dr Nick Pearce, of the University of Aberystwyth, who has analysed the zircon crystals that are embedded in some of the stones; he employs a technique that uses a laser to vaporize small samples of the crystals so that their chemical make up can be scrutinized.

Video here.

See also – http://www.cambrian-news.co.uk/lifestyle/i/14662/
http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2011/february/new-discovery-2018will-rewrite-stonehenge2019s-history2019
http://www.archnews.co.uk/featured/5402-stonehenge-geologists-overturn-standing-theory-about-the-standing-stone.html

“Stonehenge is being scanned using modern laser technology to search for hidden clues about how and why it was built. All visible faces of the standing and fallen stones, many of which are obscured by lichen, will be surveyed. Some ancient carvings have previously been found on the stones, including a famous Neolithic “dagger”. The survey is already in progress and is expected to finish by the end of March. “The surfaces of the stones of Stonehenge hold fascinating clues to the past,” said English Heritage archaeologist Dave Batchelor. The team will be looking for ancient “rock art”, but also for more modern graffiti, in a comprehensive survey of the site.”

More here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12688085 and here –
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about/news/stonehenge-in-high-definition/
Video here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxAnanfB_rg

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