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Why does it look like the stones at Stonehenge are made from… metal?

March 15th, 2013 by Marc 2 Comments

Oh how we love a could mystery here at FTN and, in fairness, this is a beauty…

Over at the Disclose TV forums the image above popped up and appears to reveal a metal structure inside, yes inside, one of the stones at Stonehenge.

Hold on, steel WITHIN the rock?! Now, we’d call false on this only someone went to the hassle of checking it all out on Google Earth and it certainly seems to be there for real (see below).

So what could it be? A hoax (probable), an alien structure (unlikely but we can hope) or is there another explanation? It appears that the stones have been constantly rebuilt through the 20th century, although few know it.

According to this site, “the restoration has been kept elusive and a large percentage of vacationers sitting in their hotels in London, planning a trip to the monument, have no idea that they aren’t getting the full story.

“This is one of the dark secrets of history archaeologists don’t talk about: The day they had the builders in at Stonehenge to recreate the most famous ancient monument in Britain as they thought it ought to look.

“From 1901 to 1964, the majority of the stone circle was restored in a series of makeovers which have left it, in the words of one archaeologist, as ‘a product of the 20th century heritage industry’. But the information is markedly absent from the guidebooks and info-phones used by tourists at the site. Coming in the wake of the news that the nearby Avebury stone circle was almost totally rebuilt in the 1920s, the revelation about Stonehenge has caused embarrassment among archaeologists. English Heritage, the guardian of the monument, is to rewrite the official guide, which dismisses the Henge’s recent history in a few words. Dave Batchelor, English Heritage’s senior archaeologist said he would personally rewrite the official guide. ‘The detail was dropped in the Sixties’, he admitted. ‘But times have changed and we now believe this is an important piece of the Stonehenge story and must be told’.

“Cambridge University archaeological archivist and leading Stonehenge author Christopher Chippindale admitted: ‘Not much of what we see at Stonehenge hasn’t been touched in some way’. And historical research student Brian Edwards, who recently revealed that the nearby Avebury Monument had been totally rebuilt, has found rare pictures of Stonehenge being restored. He said: ‘It has been as if Stonehenge had been historically cleansed’. ‘For too long people have been kept in the dark over the Stonehenge restoration work. I am astonished by how few people know about it. It is wonderful the guide book is going to tell the full story in the future.”

Could it be true? We aren’t sure but it would certainly explain what we are seeing in these images. So, we guess no aliens, then? Maybe tomorrow…


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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….

  • Brock

    First of all, it is concrete, not metal. It was done as reconstruction, and not made to look original precisely BECAUSE it was intended to be clearly modern.

    As far as the actual looks of the place, there are thousands of drawings done of the place over the last, oh, 500 YEARS. Anyone who wants to see it can find it online.

  • CeeCee

    Its concrete. Would you rather they left the thing hollow and it fell? There are drawings of the site from the 1600’s and photos since photography.

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