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Digs, Discovery and Disaster: A History of Archaeology at Stonehenge

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Bianca Markos
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« on: January 01, 2010, 07:54:25 am »

A Much-Needed Facelift

the beginning of the 20th century, archaeology at Stonehenge had reached breaking point. The once-untouched treasure had become a building site, besieged by over-zealous antiquaries desperate to use its prestige to make a name for themselves. The final, heavy straw came when sarsen number 22 came crashing from its plot, undercut from years of eager digging – and took a lintel down with it. An outcry ensued; the British public enraged that their beloved megalith was falling into disrepair.

Stonehenge’s private owner, Edward Antrobus, was beset by appeals to safeguard the site from further damage, and to attempt a restoration project. It took the hallowed word of Sir William Flinders Petrie in The Times to give Antrobus the necessary kick up the backside, who in turn employed the ‘Father of Japanese Archaeology’ William Gowland to put right the wrongs of the past few decades.
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