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“How to Build Stone Henge” – Marlborough History Society talk by Mike Pitts in St Peter’s Church
21 April 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Mike Pitts, FSA, is an English freelance journalist and archaeologist who specialises in the study of British prehistory. He is the author of several books on the subject, and is the editor of British Archaeology, the publication of the Council for British Archaeology.
His lecture is entitled “How to Build Stonehenge” which is the title of his newly published book. He will talk about where the stones came from, which allows him to show the new research into sarsens and the Marlborough Downs.
The only stone on Salisbury Plain seems to be chalk. Where Stonehenge came from was one of its enduring mysteries: proposals ranged from Africa, Ireland and Brittany to Dartmoor and Edinburgh. A key breakthrough occurred in the 1920s, when the smaller megaliths were traced to Wales. A decade of new research has revealed their true origins, and – thanks to a bit of Stonehenge that turned up in Florida – has also identified the source of the much larger, sarsen stones. For the first time, we can seek to track stone journeys with confidence.
Guests are very welcome, £5 entry.
(Covid safe provisions are in place)