chapter  2
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‘BEYOND ALL HISTORICAL RECALL’

Stonehenge is the ruin of a single great prehistoric stone building. The huge weathered blocks are simply shaped and arranged in deceptively simple geometric shapes and, so far as we can tell, have always been undecorated.1

As it now stands, the monument is a physical wreck, a tight huddle of midgrey stones dwarfed by an expanse of open, rolling plain. Visitors are often disappointed by their first sight of this wonder of the prehistoric past. ‘It looks so small’ is what many of them say, but there is little to give any sense of scale, the stones may not be approached, and there is nothing from the remote past to explain it.