History.com listed these interesting facts about Stonehenge:
February 28, 2017
History.com listed these interesting facts about Stonehenge:
February 25, 2017
The Spring Equinox in 2017 falls on March 20th and occurs at 10:28am GMT. The time is for the instant when the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving northwards and has a celestial longitude of 0°. Everywhere on Earth has a day and night of almost equal length and it marks the beginning of the northern spring season.
Druids and Pagans enjoying the Equinox sunrise celebrations at Stonehenge. Copyright
There is considerable debate in the archaeoastronomy community as to whether the Equinox had any special meaning for the builders of Stonehenge. They had no accurate clocks by which they could determine when the day and night were almost exactly equal and discovering the mid-point between the Winter and Summer solstice can be done in a couple of obvious ways.
You can count the days and divide by two. Or you can mark the summer and winter sunrise positions…
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February 21, 2017
The memory technique that unlocks the secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and ancient monuments the world over. Lynne Kelly has discovered that a powerful technique used by the ancients can unlock the secrets of the Neolithic stone circles of Britain and Europe
Without writing, indigenous elders memorised a vast amount of factual information on which survival depended both physically and culturally: knowledge of thousands of animals and plants, astronomical charts, vast navigation networks, genealogies, geography and geology … the list goes on and on. How did they remember so much? And why does this explain the purpose of ancient monuments including Stonehenge, Easter Island and the Nasca Lines? Can we use these memory methods in contemporary life?
This lecture will focus on the transmission of scientific and practical knowledge among small-scale oral cultures across the world, drawing on Australian Aboriginal, Native American, African and Pacific cultures. Dr Kelly will…
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February 8, 2017
Now might be a good time to invest in a telescope because come Friday you’re going to want one.
On February 10th, we are not going to be treated to not just one celestial event on the same day but three.
The lunar eclipse will take place in the early hours of Saturday morning
A lunar eclipse, snow moon and New Year comet should all be visible this Friday night into Saturday morning.
But unless you’re clued up on your astronomical happenings, it’s unlikely you’ll be familiar with them all, so here is a brief guide on how to spot them.
The rare penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon almost align behind one another.
The earth blocks the sun’s light from reaching the surface of the moon
It will first be visible at 10.30pm on February 10 as a subtle shadow and will be…
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January 28, 2017
Seeking highly motivated, talented, customer focused tour guides and driver/guides for our Stonehenge tour programme. Must have energy, enthusiasm and an overwhelming love for Stonehenge and the South West of England. Our freelance tour guides are renowned for their exceptional ability to provide a truly memorable experience for our overseas customers. We offer an industry leading pay structure based on experience, full time/part time permanent or full time/part time seasonal contracts and welcome applications with or without a Blue Badge.
What we require:
Good overview and knowledge of pre-history and British culture
Must have energy, enthusiasm and an overwhelming love for Stonehenge and the South West of England.
Passion for people, the areas we will be visiting, culture and traditions.
Flexibility, teamwork, leadership and organizational.
The ability to demonstrate the importance of high levels of customer service
Prepared to work early or late shifts as many of our tours are at Sunrise or Sunset.
Be adaptable and flexible to the ever changing needs of the tourism environment
Typical sightseeing itineraries:
Stonehenge and environs.
Avebury and environs.
Stonehenge, Bath, Lacock Village and Cotswold’s district
Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral and Windsor Castle
Stonehenge, Glastonbury (Tor and Abbey) and Winchester
Stonehenge and Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)
Stonehenge Inner Circle Access Tours
As part of our continues expansion programme we currently require Licensed MPV Driver / Guides based in London, Bath, Salisbury and Southampton.
PCV Mini Bus Driver / Guides
‘Step on’ Tour Guides based in London, Salisbury and Bath
If you are interested in working with Stonehenge Guided Tours, please respond to us with your CV and / or a description of yourself and why you enjoy working as a tour guide. Email us here: email@example.com
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Operating Stonehenge Guided Tours since 1995
January 21, 2017
This walking path links Britain’s two greatest prehistoric sites, Avebury and Stonehenge, and is as epic as the Inca Trail
The Great Stones Way is one of those ideas so obvious it seems amazing that no one has thought of it before: a 38-mile walking trail to link England’s two greatest prehistoric sites, Avebury and Stonehenge, crossing a landscape covered with Neolithic monuments.
The Great Stones Way is a route using existing paths through the Wiltshire Downs, starting just south of Swindon and ending up at Old Sarum, on the outskirts of Salisbury. As long-distance trails go, this one is quite short, making it perfect for an energetic long weekend, or for more leisurely exploration over a week.
What’s the attraction?
Walking the Great Stones Way takes you on a journey through a landscape steeped in history, allowing you to discover the extraordinary sights our ancestors have left us. These include Iron Age hill forts with commanding views such as Barbury Castle and Old Sarum, while optional loops take you past the Neolithic henges and stone circles at the combined UNESCO World Heritage Site of Avebury and Stonehenge. There is also the option to finish the walk at Salisbury’s majestic medieval cathedral. The first part of the trail heads south through the rolling open chalk downland landscape of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
“I can’t help thinking how much better it is to arrive at Stonehenge on foot. The comparison that comes to mind, and which I know well, is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The experience of trekking to both sites is immeasurably richer, not just because you’ve “earned it”, but because both sets of ruins are only properly understood in the context of the sacred landscape that surrounds them.”
Stonehenge Guided Tours is proud to offer a Contours walking holiday following the ‘Great Stones Way’ Please visit our Stonehenge tour website for full details
We also offer daily Stonehenge guided walking tours throughout the year.
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January 8, 2017
Merlin makes his first appearance in the Stonehenge story in Book 8, Chapter 10, of Geoffrey of Monmouth‘s epic work “Historia Regum Britanniae” (The History of the Kings of Britain, c. 1136AD) when Aurelius Ambrosius – recently annointed King of Britain and the brother of Uther Pendragon – seeks his advice for a lasting memorial to the British princes treacherously slain by the Saxons during a truce.
“If you are desirous to honour the burying-place of these man with an everlasting monument, send for the Giant’s Dance, which is in Killaraus, a mountain in Ireland. For there is a structure of stones there, which none of this age could raise without a profound knowledge of the mechanical arts. They are stones of a vast magnitude and wonderful quality; and if they can be placed here, as they are there, round this spot of ground, they will…
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