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Stonehenge As Seen in 1867

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« on: September 24, 2009, 03:15:13 am »

Stonehenge Trilithons B & C / 1867
Photo ­- Blumenberg Associates LLC
Original, Unretouched Photo ­- British Library

The great stone circle and all construction at the Stonehenge site was completed several hundred years before we can postulate that Celtic druids were in the vicinity. Stonehenge was embedded within a large ritual complex, where several of the ten megalithic constructions were also monumental in scale. Integration between these structures may not have been well planned in advance, but assuredly was articulated as each was built. Go to Source #3 for further material about history and meaning at Stonehenge.

In 1867, England’s Ordnance Survey published a limited edition, large format volume with photographs and plans of Stonehenge and Turusachan on the Isle of Lewis. The author of this article is very fortunate to own a copy of this rare book. Col. Sir Henry James, Director-General of the Ordnance Survey, was a strong believer that photography had to be utilized as a major tool for mapping and survey work and he employed the Royal Engineers for that purpose. Colonel James appears in several of the Stonehenge photographs published by the Ordnance Survey and he is seen in the two prints featured here.

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1, 2, 3

Leslie G. Blumenberg contributed invaluable technical expertise with digital image editing and restoration.
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