The Secrets of Stonehenge Revealed at the British Museum

The Secrets of Stonehenge Revealed at the British Museum
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Why was Stonehenge built? How old is it? From where did the enormous stone masses of which it is comprised come? And what connection do they have with other age-old structures like it around the world? These are just some of the questions to which the large exhibition at the British Museum responds. Shrouded in mysteries and legends, the most famous archeological site of Great Britain represents a privileged witness of human life in ancient times. Raised about 4500 years ago, around the same time as the Sphinx and Pyramid in Ghisa, Egypt, the “magic circle” of Stonehenge is tied to the cycle of the sun which, during the summer and winter solstices, rises and set in correspondence with the principal axis of the monument itself. Sacred rituals, artistic practices and a complex system of beliefs are intertwined in the fascinating history of the site, depicted by the exhibition using rare and precious objects - stone axes found in the Alps, splendid golden jewellery, surprising metal works, such as the Nebra Sky Disc, the oldest map of the stars in our possession and Seahenge, the circular wooden monument, remarkably well-preserved, which, 4000 years ago, perched between land and sea in the stunning landscape of Eastern Britain. There’s so much to discover - from the history of the ancestral circles of stones to be found in various parts of the world to the transformation of Stonehenge throughout the ages, as well as the epic journey of the blue stone of which it is formed, transported from Wales to Wiltshire in two months on sleds.
Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London