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Vandals Not Goths Attack Stonehenge

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One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, site of religious worship for thousands of years, Stonehenge has been damaged by vandals overnight. Hammers and big rocks are never a good idea.

The night-time attack by two men last week involved the central megalith in the 5,000-year-old ring of standing stone, with English Heritage saying the vandals could have been looking for a souvenir.

A chip of stone about the size of a large coin was removed, while a 2.5-inch long scratch was left on the Heel Stone, at the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage Site,near Salisbury.

“Thanks to the vigilance and quick action of the security team at Stonehenge, very minimal damage was caused,” said a spokeswoman for English Heritage.

“A tiny chip was taken from the north side of the Heel Stone with a screwdriver and hammer, but as soon as the two men were spotted by security guards they escaped over the fence and drove off.

“This is now a matter for the police,” she added.

A spokeswoman for Wiltshire Police said: “Two male offenders were seen disturbing the monument with a hammer and screwdriver… It is believed they could be two men seen acting suspiciously on a previous occasion.”

Stonehenge is one of the world’s best preserved prehistic monuments. In around 2,600 BC, 80 giant standing stones were arranged on Salisbury Plain, where there was already a 400-year-old stone circle.

Below is our 2006 summer trip to Salisbury and Stonehenge. Interestingly before Stonehenge became a tourist trap, it was the local playing fields for the village children. My sister’s better half remembers playing and sitting on the stones as a youngster thinking nothing of it. Sad that some people want to destroy our historical venues.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

May 22, 2008 at 1:53 pm

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