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|Description ||The University of Missouri-Rolla Stonehenge (UMR Stonehenge)
Erected in 1984 by Professor David Summers, this scaled down version of Stonehenge has 29.5 sarsen stones (1.5ft high) surrounded by 5 trilithons (13.5ft), a heel stone & 4 compass markers.
The stones were carved using a water-jet system developed by Prof. Summers, who said he believed the squared up, boxy aspect of the stones represents the way they had looked when they were first formed, and that what is seen now is the product of centuries of erosion.
|Yeah Right. Laser carved stones all those years ago. Have to say I agree with Thorgrim in that this is really ugly. I've seen quite a few modern interpretations of stoneheng - cars, bales of straw etc - but this is the first one I have not liked.|
|Well, I can't disagree with either of you entirely! I was a bit disappointed when I first saw it; however, supposedly it was first intended to be a demonstration of the cutting technique.|
|I guess if it was made as a demonstration of his cutting technique, its a damned good thing to do. And its always nice to see a modern interpretation of our ancient sites.
But I do have a problem of the Profs comment about squared stones originally.
And thanks for the pictures of this. Always good to have completely unexpected sites like this fom around the world. |
|I can think of a myriad of uses for a modern stonehenge manufactuiring process; We will, no doubt, see them on ebay in a day or two...|
|These sort of experimental standing stones could be useful for performing many "what if" experiments without damaging ancients ones. Not pretty, but I don't disaprove. If someone decided to set up a stone circle in my local park, I would insist on the eroded look.|
|Only in America. Thank God/god|
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