Towards the end of the last century, a movement started in Britain which was financed by The National Lottery Fund, to celebrate the beginning of the new millennium. There were in all 222 Millennium projects spread around the country.
One project put forward was to create A New Stonehenge for the New Millennium.
This was to be a modern interpretation of what Stonehenge might have looked like when it was newly built. It was to be constructed near to the old Stonehenge and would last for another 5 millennia. However at that time English Heritage and the National Trust would not sanction a project of this nature within their territory.
Over the subsequent years many locations throughout the UK have been investigated in order to find an appropriate home for this project.
At last, after many years and many miles of travel, the project has finally come full circle. After an invitation and help from Salisbury District Council, New Stonehenge has now found a home on private land halfway between Salisbury railway station and English Heritage’s Stonehenge visitor centre at Airman’s Cross.
This New Stonehenge is to be a full-size interpretation of what Stonehenge might have been if completed and will be built as a piece of landscape art and international visitor attraction.
New Stonehenge will investigate into ancient methods of engineering, and will reveal the original, awe-inspiring look of the huge stones and their exact placement in circles. Volunteers from around the world will be invited to become involved in a once in a lifetime experience to help erect the New Stonehenge using ancient as well as modern technologies. The project will be documented and promoted by way of a series of films and a live interactive internet site.
New Stonehenge will be a living laboratory for academics in the fields of astronomy, engineering, architecture, archaeology, ecology, construction and many others. The project will undoubtedly attract visitors from around the globe as well as hosting a diverse range of events and exhibitions for the local and regional communities.
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