Replica Stonehenge Still Looking For A Home
If you have a large garden and would like a full-size replica of Stonehenge to impress your neighbours and visitors then you need to speak to Channel 5.
The biggest problem is that it measures 33 metres across. The good news, however, is that it is light to carry about because all of the replica stones are made of polystyrene.
Exact copies of each stone were made at a military camp near Bicester, the only place big enough the programme makers could find. It took a fleet of 14 articulated lorries to transport the replica stones to Wiltshire. The chosen location, said Mr Pitts, was a hilltop near Warminster.
Mr Pitts said the most important aspect for him as an archaeologist was the detailed inspection of the real monument that had to be carried out so that the stones could be replicated. He said: "I realised how little time we had actually spent before looking at the stones themselves."
He said: "It has impressed us so much that we are talking seriously about a proper modern survey of the megaliths using modern techniques." Such a survey could reveal much about the stones, where they had become from, the way they had been shaped and possibly the way they were originally put up.
Anyone wishing to acquire the replica should get in contact with Channel Five.
Posted by Rhiannon
8th July 2005ce
Edited 9th July 2005ce