The study, just published online by English Heritage and free to download, also provides information on how much damage has been caused by souvenir hunters chipping off bits of stone, or by visitors carving graffiti - including Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of 17th century London!Download the full report here: The discovery of a previously unknown henge monument has been found close to Stonehenge.Following a detailed laser scan of Stonehenge last year, an analysis has just been published by English Heritage.It reveals many more axe carvings and much new information on how the stones were shaped.Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. 1979, 1986 © Harper Collins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source , literally "stone gallows," perhaps so called from fancied resemblance to old-style gallows with two posts, with the second element related to the verb hang.Some antiquarians suggest the notion may be of "supported in the air, that which hangs in the air" (cf.
Others claim that it was a sacred site for the burial of high-ranking citizens from the societies of long ago.
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The Stonehenge Environmental Improvements Programme is supported by donors including: The Heritage Lottery Fund | Stones are raised in the centre of the enclosure using larger sarsens in two concentric arrangements, and smaller 'bluestones' in a double arc between them.
Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most famous prehistoric monument.
It was built in several stages: the first monument was an early henge monument, built about 5,000 years ago, and the unique stone circle was erected in the late Neolithic period about 2500 BC.
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The earliest structures known in the immediate area are four or five pits, three of which appear to have held large pine ‘totem-pole like’ posts erected in the Mesolithic period, between 85 BC.