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Friday, 29 July 2011

More garbled nonsense about Stonehenge

Apparently the Stonehenge bluestones have been reassessed, and have been found to weigh 40 tonnes each -- ie far more than the sarsens.  Or maybe it's just a misprint.  Or maybe it's not.  Anyway, it's amazing what people will do to drum up a bit more business....

Feel like a day trip from Bath on a Razorcat?  It's a sort of three-wheeled motor bike in which two passengers sit behind the driver. Apparently, in exchange for £260, the driver will take you from Bath on a nice day trip to Stonehenge, although I doubt you'll get the chance of roaring round half a dozen circuits of the ancient monument on the Razorcat........

It's all here:

Visit Britain's most iconic site on a Razorcat trike...
Leave your daily routine behind and take a thrilling ride on board our exciting three-wheeler. Feel the exhilaration of the wind in your face and enjoy the freedom that only a Razorcat trike ride can give you.
Not only will you have a fantastic ride on our Razorcat trike but you will also experience the famous World Heritage site that has just got to be seen. On a spiritual level, it attracts people from all over the world. From an engineering point of view, it will astound you when you realise it was built over 3500 years ago and some of the stones weigh more than 40 tons – and came from Wales.

When you take a ride on a Razorcat trike, YOU become the centre of attention.

"The stones of Stonehenge were placed in such a way that they increase in size towards the centre and alternate in shape between tall, thin pillar-like stones and stones of a tapering obelisk shape.  Two types of stone were used for the construction of Stonehenge - the 'bluestones' which weighed almost forty tons and were brought from 240 miles away, and the 'Sarsen' stones which had a height of about eighteen feet and weighed twenty-five tons."

1 comment:

Tony Hinchliffe said...

At least free Michelin/ Daily Mail tourist map of South West England says the provenance of the Stonehenge stones is uncertain. That's all it says, so I take it they're implying that not only is it uncertain HOW the bluestones arrived (from their known Pembrokeshire source), but also it is equally uncertain precisely WHERE the sarsen stones originated i.e. very close to Stonehenge or was it the Marlborough Downs?