Inside Stonehenge in the Morning - Secrets of the Stones
We are used to seeing Stonehenge only from a distance - a familiar, austere presence on the horizon. This Study Day provides a rare opportunity to walk inside the great stones settings, a privileged encounter with this iconic monument which has graced the British landscape for over 4,000 years.
Stonehenge stands at the heart of a landscape rich in Neolithic and Bronze Age remains which, along with nearby Avebury, form part of a World Heritage Site. The brand new visitor center has a much-acclaimed display area, and has transformed the setting of the monument.
We walk the Stonehenge cursus, the magnificent round barrows on King Barrow Ridge and trace the Avenue - the original approach to Stonehenge. Further ‘henge’ complexes at Woodhenge and Durrington Walls are close by, where recent excavations have provided exciting new evidence about the builders of Stonehenge and new theories recording the nature and function of the stones and their landscape.
"Seeing Stonehenge before the crowds. Mark Corney's description of the surrounding landscape, which put the "stones" in context. Then at the Kings Museum Salisbury being able to actually handle artifacts (Flint hand axes) which were probably at least 400,000 years old!" – Guest comment.
Study Day -
Morning: 6.30am start
06.30-45 - Coach pick-up from Salisbury Coach Park, Millstream approach SP1 3UE.
07.30 - We have an early morning opportunity to go 'inside the stones' at Stonehenge, an experience that is followed by breakfast. After this, we enjoy a walking exploration of the prehistoric landscape around Stonehenge and stop by the new Visitor Centre.
11.45 - Depart by coach for a visit to the Durrington Walls and Woodhenge.
12.30 - Leave Woodhenge and travel by coach back to Salisbury for a two-course lunch in the city.
12.45 - Lunch.
14.00 - Leave on foot for Salisbury Museum.
14.15 - An afternoon at Salisbury Museum that includes behind-the-scenes access to some of the museum's artefacts associated with prehistoric Wessex, led by Adrian Green.
15.45-16.00 - The group disperses