Operation Stonehenge: what the TV films left out

Oh dear, BBC2. If this had happened in a hospital, the patient would have died. There was some lovely film and it was all put together well, but the good looks concealed some very odd archaeology. Some of it was fine but not explained. Some of it was misleading. Much of it was wrong. That … Continue reading Operation Stonehenge: what the TV films left out

At last: a Stonehenge story that is exactly what it says

The new Antiquity has a paper by Simon Banton, Mark Bowden, Tim Daw, Damian Grady and Sharon Soutar. All work for English Heritage: Bowden, Grady and Soutar are based at the Swindon centre, and Banton and Daw at Stonehenge. Their study began in last year’s exceptionally dry summer, when Tim Daw realised patches of dead … Continue reading At last: a Stonehenge story that is exactly what it says

The weeds are starting to grow at Stonehenge

The works are far from over, but the visitor centre is starting to bed in, there is less bare mud about and on a wet sky windy spring day it was possible to experience a bit of the Stonehenge we will be learning to know in future. It feels good. I was there for a … Continue reading The weeds are starting to grow at Stonehenge

Is new Stonehenge centre a disaster?

That’s what many seemed to think in January. The Western Daily Press called it “a £27m flop”, describing “furious visitors”, “chaotic scenes” and “queues of more than an hour”. The Daily Mail picked up the story, with a headline that summed up the apparent problem: “Moanhenge! Furious visitors criticise 'chaotic' new £27m centre at historic monument as it struggles … Continue reading Is new Stonehenge centre a disaster?

More snapshots at Stonehenge

There were people down at the new centre yesterday, adding more interest, and here are some more views. The reaction there seems to be overwhelmingly positive – to the building, which is alive to the landscape, to the displays, which are both beautifully done and bravely informative, and to the facilities. The land train may … Continue reading More snapshots at Stonehenge

The new Stonehenge centre

Here's a first peek at the visitor centre, which opens its doors tomorrow. I guess it won't often look like this again in mid morning. ARRIVAL CAFE & SHOP ON LEFT GALLERIES ON RIGHT Smaller of the two circular video screens: Video panorama on left, museum cases on right: Lobby area with pull quotes and … Continue reading The new Stonehenge centre

A344 memories: Real archaeology at Stonehenge, as work continues to remove the road and car park

If you visit Stonehenge now – as huge numbers did in August – you’ll really see signs that things are changing. Work continues in the car park to prepare a turning circle at the end of what will be the stub of the old A344. The road itself as it once continued eastwards to Stonehenge … Continue reading A344 memories: Real archaeology at Stonehenge, as work continues to remove the road and car park

Stonehenge is changing

The other day Vinci project manager Simon Clark very kindly showed me around the works at the emerging new visitor centre at Airman’s Cross. It’s well on it’s way, though even looking at it like this it’s still difficult to believe it’s really happening, so complex has been the route. Here is what it looked … Continue reading Stonehenge is changing

Ernest Griset in London

I really want you to see these paintings. Made around 1870, they’ve never been hung in public before. They are a wonderful early experiment in archaeological reconstruction illustration, are little known, and need researching – along with their creator. This is going to be a long blog, but the subject deserves it. There are 14 … Continue reading Ernest Griset in London