Ancient Mysteries and Modern Discoveries

"Stonehenge” the exhibition is now open and features 400 artifacts, plus breakthrough science behind some of the latest discoveries about this prehistoric monument! 

Designated as a World Heritage Site and described as inspiring, magical and sacred, Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England, is one of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom. The monument once consisted of rings and horseshoes of standing stones, some topped by horizontal “lintels.” The largest stones are around 23 feet high, nine feet wide and weigh over 50,000 pounds. Scientific analysis has revealed that some of the stones were transported an incredible distance from the Preseli Mountains in Wales, over 150 miles away, with no modern means of transportation.  

“Much mystery and intrigue surrounds Stonehenge,” Erin Baxter, Museum curator of anthropology said. “This world-class exhibition allows guests to explore and experience all of those questions and encounter the very latest in scientific research.”  

Scholars and visitors alike have puzzled over this unique prehistoric monument for centuries. Thanks to  the latest scientific research, archaeologists believe Stonehenge was constructed from 3000 BCE to 2000 BCE.  

In the exhibition, you will explore the ancient landscape; how people of the area lived; how the monument was constructed and changed through time; and how modern science continues to refine the story. Stonehenge is one of the best known ancient monuments and celebrated wonders of the world.  

The exhibition is curated by Mike Parker Pearson, professor of British Later Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy and has published 22 books and over 200 academic articles. Since the 1970s, he has worked on archaeological sites in Britain, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Syria, the United States, Madagascar, Easter Island and others around the world. He has been directing research on Stonehenge since 2003 and was voted the UK’s Archaeologist of the Year in 2010.  

This exhibition is produced by MuseumsPartner in Austria in collaboration with English Heritage. 

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