OK -- own up to it. You have always wanted to be a film star, playing the part of a little hairy man sweating away in a curragh, or on a raft, trying to deliver a lump of bluestone from one side of the Bristol Channel to the other. Well, this is your lucky day! A friend has just sent me this.....
Darlow Smithson make big spectacular films for the Discovery Channel -- and when you are in that business there is, I imagine, no room for doubt as to the rightness of your theories. So, having decided that our Neolithic ancestors were a pretty smart bunch, the film makers are now going to find out how it was all done. No harm in that -- I'm all in favour of experimental archaeology, having done a bit of stone-pulling myself, back in the year 2000.
Speaking for myself, I would prefer to ask "Was it all done?" and sort that out first, before asking "How was it done?" But I understand that archaeologists -- and maybe film-makers -- come from a different direction. None of them wants to spoil a good story.
Start your training regimes now, folks.... a beard and a tan will probably help too.
How were some of the stones transported 150 miles across water?
In August an ambitious, unique project will take place in the UK to try to find out.
AND WE NEED YOUR HELP
The Discovery Channel is making a documentary to test theories about the construction of Stonehenge. We are looking for experienced rowers to help recreate the journey that some of the stones took – over 150 miles by sea – from Wales to Wiltshire.
We need rowers who can be in the UK in August this year.
You need to be fit, healthy and prepared to face a massive challenge!
To find out more about the project email:
Or call 020 7482 9674
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We are attempting to test archaeologists’ theories about how bluestones weighing between 2 and 4 Tonnes might have been transported from the Preseli hills to Stonehenge around 2500BC. The project will be filmed to make a one hour long documentary for the Discovery Channel that will be broadcast towards the end of this year.
At the moment a replica Neolithic boat is being built and we plan to launch it in early August. There will not be a sail on the boat and it will have to be paddled using the tides and currents and steered with a steering oar. Support vessels will accompany the boat throughout its journey.
Ideally we are looking for a minimum commitment of one week from each of the paddlers but there will be some flexibility about this. We will provide food and basic accommodation during the journey but are asking people to volunteer their time.
Previous attempts to recreate the bluestones’ journey have not been successful and there is no doubt that this will be a very tough challenge, physically and mentally. We also hope it will be good fun but please seriously consider if it’s something you want to commit to.
We will be in touch again with full details as soon as we have definite dates for the voyage to see if you’re still interested and available.
Thanks again for your email.
Darlow Smithson Productions
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