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Stonehenge Vandals : Photo's Released

Two men vandalised the Heel Stone at Stonehenge last Thursday (15th May) with a hammer and chisel. They were disturbed by security and managed to escape.

Wiltshire Police have issued CCTV pictures of two people they want to question over the incident.

I doubt anyone here will recognise them but in the hope someone might here's their picture:

Vandals in Attack on Stonehenge (BBC News; Thursday 22nd May 2008)

Stonehenge CCTV Images Released (BBC News; Friday 23rd May 2008)


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May. 23rd, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Wow. Why on earth would someone do something like that. Hope they get caught. If the pics are spread far and wide enough, it seems likely.
May. 23rd, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
May. 24th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
I was at a lecture last night on Stonehenge given by a professor from Bournemouth.

He said people used to attack the stones (especially the dolomites and spotted dolomites) with hammers and chisels for centuries. In the 1700s and 1800s people could hire a hammer and chisel from the village, "... just in case they forgot to bring theirs." The reason: the stones were thought to have healing properties.

He said that Stonehenge was most likely a constantly evolving temple of healing - it has strong archaeological and mythological connections with other sites which were known to have a connection with healing.

Whenever the uni puts the podcast online I'll fling you the link. The evidence for the connection between the stones, water, and healing was quite compelling.
May. 24th, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
Well in that case, these two will definitely need healing if some of us catch them..

May. 24th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Graffiti and related issues certainly have their place in historical records. And they certainly offer interesting insights for archaeologists later. (My boss [a theology professor] back when I was in university had this one: http://penelope.uchicago.edu/~grout/encyclopaedia_romana/gladiators/graffito.html taped to the wall in his office. Years later, I've put it up in my office as well.)

And we're certainly leaving our share of graffiti for future generations of archaeologists. But we don't have to do it on stonehenge. :(
May. 25th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing that. Without the associated blurb I'd never have "gotten" the asses' head.

At Eton there's some scratched graffiti on a wooden wall panel. It's a student's name an the year. I can't recall how old it is, but apparently it's from early in the life of Eton and has been preserved through the centuries - it's now shown to new boys on their first day to help give them an understanding of antiquity and a connection to the school as an individual.
May. 25th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah, out of context it's a bit... out of context.... I imagine. If you're really interested, I got inspired to include comments on the graffiti in my last LJ post. Mostly pointing out that it's laughably bad Greek... which just makes it all the more entertaining.

And that's nifty about the door graffiti. I do agree it's a worthwhile thing to preserve a sense of history and respect for the past that way.
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