posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 03:06 AM
originally posted by: Jim Scott
a reply to: childofapoet Stonehenge is a recreated tourist attraction. It was assembled to its present appearance in the 1950s
from a pile of rubble. www.indymedia.org.uk...
That's fascinating and it must be true that it's often ignored as I've never seen it brought up here or anywhere before. Someone posted a great link
in the comments section of the article you linked to a Russian language
which has an extensive collection of black and white photos at good resolution from the restoration work from the 40s/50s.
However, with just a little more quick google etc research on this topic, I was able to find that it's probably mostly ignored because while it was
indeed restored, it was hardly some sort of fraud of a highly erroneous 20th century recreation. Quite a bit of work was done, but it was hardly
starting from "a pile of rubble" as you said.
This blog article
covers the topic well. There are
excellent surviving drawings and paintings of Stonehenge from the 1800s, including faithful renderings by skilled artists including some famous works
by the extremely famous and significant English pre-impressionist artist John Constable. Awesomely, the blogger went to the trouble of making some
animated gifs which use false color overlays on the old drawings to illustrate what got moved and how.
I think the more amazing 'latest revelations' about Stonehenge are the ones about how
the whole area is a massive complex covering ~6 square kilometers.
would lend support to the idea that Stonehenge was the very political heart of ancient Britain and thus the obvious first guess at why it was
destroyed and never rebuilt would be that it was destroyed by the Romans in the first century AD as part of the campaign of conquest and subjugation