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Stonehenge

47 46 the mIddLe ground the stones at the centre With nearly one million visitors a year, the monument is under increasing pressure from the sheer numbers of people who wish to wander inside the worlds most visited megalithic sacred site. To walk inside the central area of Stonehenge today requires that the visitor applies well in advance for special access from the custodians, English Heritage. The plan shown opposite, of the central area enclosed by the Sarsen Circle, is from Edgar Barclays 1895 book Stonehenge and its Earthworks. Apart from the fact that the fallen trilithon stones 57, 58 and lintel 158 has since been reerected, in 1958, this plan is very similar to the Stonehenge we see today. The concentric solid lines indicate the bluestone horseshoe, bluestone circle and sarsen circle respectively. Barclays numbering system for the stones remains the standard classification to this day. Of particular interest is stone 11, the half width sarsen upright, stone 150, a bluestone with mortise holes, and stone 68, the grooved bluestone see page 19. Shown also is stone 156, the trilithon lintel curiously mortised on both sides, which has been presumed to be an error made by the builders. Or might we speculate that once there was a further construction aloft this highest platform at Stonehenge Perhaps the entire structure even supported a roof, now longrotted, to keep any budding astronomerpriests dry on wet nights.
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