New Stonehenge display reveals ancient tensions

Late Neolithic carved chalk cylinders, known as the Folkton Drums, from Folkton, North Yorkshire © English Heritage (2)

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 5:30am 12th October 2018.

The exhibition explores Britain's roller coaster relationship with Europe.

An exhibition called Making Connections: Stonehenge in its Prehistoric World opens today (Friday 12th October).

It showcases among some of the most prized objects in the British Museums' collection of ancient Britain and Europe.

English Heritage and the British Museum have come together to stage the exhibition which examines the shifting relationship between the British Isles and mainland Europe during the Neolithic and Bronze Ages.

Among some of the artifacts on display include three chalk cylinders from around 3000BC found with the burial of a child in North Yorkshire, a gold neckpiece made around 4000 years ago, and a 6,500 year old jade axe.

Objects from the exhibition

Susan Greaney, English Heritage Historian, said:

"These are some of the most precious and exciting objects from the British Museum collections, and we're bringing them here to Stonehenge where they sit very close to the monument, where people can come and visit see the objects, and see the decoration and then go out and see the monument, and work out how things were all linked together.

"These are the objects that people would have been using, that people would have been familiar with at the time Stonehenge was built. So it's brilliant to bring these objects to Wiltshire and have them on display here at Stonehenge."

Neil Wilkin, British Museum Curator, said:

"We can't understand out place in Britian and in Europe without thinking about the long term patterns, the connections that have existed for thousands of years.

"By reflecting on that at a monument like Stonehenge that seems so timeless, we can get some perspective on our contemporary political situation."

Making Connections: Stonehenge in its Prehistoric World opens on 12 October and runs until 21st April 2019.

It's among a number of events English Heritage is holding to mark 100 years since local couple Cecil and Mary Chubb gifted the monument to the nation.

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