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Biography

Biography

We trace the ancient timeline of Stonehenge, and talk to the present-day director about what is involved in running a World Heritage Site.

Stonehenge: the basics

The world-famous circle of standing stones on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire is the most important surviving prehistoric construction in the country.

Stonehenge: the basics

Stonehenge: the Biography

The word “henge” is the ancestor of the modern verb “to hang”, which derives from the word for a hinge. The name Stonehenge therefore means “hanging stones”, although henge is now used by archaeologists to mean any banked, ditched enclosure.

Interview: Peter Carson

Just what is it that makes Stonehenge so special as a heritage site? ICONS asked Peter Carson, site director.