Beginning of major repair work on the prehistoric megaliths of Stonehenge

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Vital repair work to repair cracks and holes in prehistoric megaliths at Stonehenge is starting in one of the largest conservation works at the World Heritage site in decades, according to English Heritage.

Work at Stonehenge, one of the world’s most famous prehistoric monuments with stones dating back some 4,500 years, will address problems caused by erosion and repair previous repairs that were uncovered by detailed laser scans.

“Stonehenge is unique among stone circles because of its lintels and the special gaskets used to secure the lintels in place,” Heather Sebire, senior curator of English Heritage for the site.

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“Four and a half thousand years of wind and rain have created cracks and holes in the stone surface, and this vital work will protect the features that make Stonehenge so distinctive.”

The work, which will see scaffolding erected to allow access to the tops of the stones, the largest of which is around nine meters high, will prevent existing cracks from widening.

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It will also replace the concrete mortar, used for repairs in the 1950s and 1960s, with lime mortar.

As part of the project, Richard Woodman-Bailey, 71, who placed a coin under one of the giant stones in 1958 during the last major conservation works when he was just eight years old, will return to place a newly minted £ 2 coin in new mortar, English Heritage said.

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Mr. Woodman-Bailey’s father was the chief architect of ancient monuments who spearheaded the early restoration work.

-Reuters

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