For the first time in 60 years, the prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain is being repaired by master craftsmen and specialist restorers.
On the famous stones, which archaeologists estimate between 3000 BC. BC and 2000 BC Were erected, scaffolding is already in place.
The restoration is expected to take around two weeks and will be examined intensively by those involved in the project, in contrast to the work in the 1950s.
Photos from the period show a more relaxed approach to health and safety, workers climb the stones, smoke pipes and hang themselves without straps.
In 1958, a little boy named Richard Woodman-Bailey was allowed to put a coin under one of the falls. Now 71, he was invited to repeat the gesture with a custom-made £ 2.
Why are the stones being repaired?
Heather Sebire, English Heritage Senior Curator for the site said, “Four and a half thousand years of wind and rain have cracked and pitted the surface of the stone, and this vital work will be the features that make Stonehenge so distinctive.”
The sacred site faces the summer solstice sunrise and includes several hundred burial mounds throughout the complex.
Stonehenge is showing its age, however, with laser scans showing that the lintel stones, joints, and concrete mortar that balance over the vertical pillars are badly eroded.
The concrete mortar used in the most recent project is not breathable, which makes the old stones prone to moisture. This moisture can freeze in winter and leave deep cracks when thawed.
Instead of using concrete, restorers and engineers should use a more forgiving material, lime mortar.
This type of mortar is more efficient at keeping water out and allowing moisture to escape if it penetrates.
Unprotected from the elements, Stonehenge is at the mercy of whatever nature throws in their way. Beat by wind and rain, any increasingly extreme weather in Britain will take its toll on the olden days.
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