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Stonehenge

27 26 the modern pIcture our semiruinous legacy The construction of Stonehenge began around 3150 BC and was over by about 1500 BC. Thenceforth, it fell victim to the vaguaries of the British climate and lay at the mercy of several cultural changes. As late as 1917 the authorities submitted an application to demolish Stonehenge as a dangerous hazard to lowflying aircraft Remarkably, it has survived after a fashion the site is now enshrouded in security fences, car park and a souvenir palace, temples to a different god. Many visitors have carved graffiti on the stones which has conferred on them an ersatz immortality. Mycean daggers may be discerned opposite top. The relentless erosion of the sarsen stone by wind, rain and frost has produced some bizarre gnarling and pockmarks. In 1797 trilithon four fell, shaking the ground miles away. During the last night of the nineteenth century, a sarsen upright and its lintel fell stones 22 122 on the plan, page 47. In 1958, these were reerected and in 1959 several more stones straightened. In 1963, stone 23, a lintel which had been disturbed by the earlier restoration, fell and was quickly restored. Some fallen stones, over the ages, have disappeared offsite, perhaps to be broken up and used in less interesting buildings. Opposite is a French reengraving of a print by David Loggan from the mid seventeenth century. It shows the huge trilithon upright, stone 56, leaning perilously. The restoration work pulled it back to the vertical, but its mate lies in pieces with the lintel.
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