Stonehenge

As an archaeologist every time I drive past Stonehenge I see it as one of a number of exciting monuments in a landscape and to be frank I get just as excited barrow spotting and marvelling at Silbury Hill than at the bluestones. However, it was only recently that I realised the extent that peoples perceptions of it are really grounded in cultural things and what they have learnt. I mean everyone knows and recognises Stonehenge, right?

Well, on driving past this monument which they have visited before and we have discussed in a myriad of different ways (even re-building it using our wooden blocks using a variety of the preferred options for movement) I was amazed to be asked why there were some stones in a field and what they were. But there again, that’s all they are, a pile of stones in a field. Right?

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