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January 30, 2006

"Restoration is a lie"

Few visitors to Stonehenge are informed about the heritage industry's century-long monument make-over. The information centre certainly gives the impression that visitors are witness to a primaeval vista; minus the motorway and carpark.

But now, as if to head off a potential great archaeological controversy - and following interest displayed by historical researcher Brian Edwards and a local newspaper, the brochures will be re-written, to include the 'forgotten years'. The years when teams of navvies sat aboard the greatest cranes in the British Empire to hoist stones upright; drag leaning trilithons into position, replace fallen lintels which once sat atop the huge sarsens. As Mr Edwards - the erstwhile enfant terrible of British archaeology following revelations that nearby Avebury was a total 20s and 30s rebuild by marmalade millionaire Alexander Keiller - says: "What we have been looking at is a 20th Century landscape, which is reminiscent of what Stonehenge might have been like thousands of years ago. It has been created by the heritage industry and is NOT the creation of prehistoric people. What we saw at the Millennium is less than 50 years old."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 30, 2006 10:37 AM

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