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Stonehenge photo shoot rained off

Rain grounded an airborne celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the first aerial photographs of Stonehenge.
A balloon carrying photographers was due to fly over the ancient Wiltshire landmark to recapture images taken in 1906 by Lieutenant Philip Henry Sharpe.

But the poor weather on Salisbury Plain on Tuesday forced the balloon to remain grounded.

English Heritage later provided aerial pictures taken from a balloon over Stonehenge earlier this year.

Archaeological benefits

Lt Sharpe was a member of the Royal Engineers' Balloon Section - precursor to the Royal Flying Corps and later the RAF - when he took the first aerial shots.

The images helped with the discovery of other earthworks around the stones.

Stonehenge's chief archaeologist Dave Batchelor said: "Aerial photography is most useful in helping us understand the human use and development of the landscape around Stonehenge."

Aerial views of Stonehenge taken 100 years ago are on display at Stonehenge until 7 August.
The Eternal Posted by The Eternal
1st August 2006ce
Edited 2nd August 2006ce

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