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Step into the shoes of Neolithic Man at Stonehenge

 

If you've ever wondered how Stonehenge was built, then now's your chance to find out.

Visitors to the archaeological site will this weekend be able to take part in a demonstration, which will see them move and raise a four tonne stone.

They will use techniques that could have been used to put the original stones into place about 5,000 years ago.

Visitors helping to erect stone at Stonehenge

 
Susan Greaney, who's an English Heritage senior historian, says:

"There have been various experiments with moving stones in the past, but what's so exciting about this project is that it gives everyday visitors the chance to step into the shoes of people who brought the stones here and erected them thousands of years ago, and in the place where it happened."

The experiment uses a system of rollers and ropes to move the stone along:

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The volunteers then use the ropes to pull the massive stone into position:

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Kate Davies, General Manager of Stonehenge, has already had a go. She told Spire FM:

"I thought we are never going to move this stone, then all of a sudden, with everybody's might all together it started to slowly move. And you can see what you can achieve when you all work together."

Finally the stone is up!

 
For those who want to take part, the experiment will take place throughout the day on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th March. Then on Tuesday 13th March children from local schools will also get the chance to take to the ropes.

Kate Davies thinks they'll enjoy it:

"They're going to have a brilliant time. So I think it's going to take a lot of effort, with a lot of excitement, and they'll be able to walk in the footsteps of our Neolithic man, which will be fantastic for them."