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Find out more about Stonehenge volunteering

PEOPLE interested in volunteering in the fields of conservation and heritage can find out more at a recruitment week starting on Monday, June 24.

Organisations working in and around the Stonehenge World Heritage Site have joined together to give potential volunteers an opportunity to meet with English Heritage, Wiltshire Museum, The National Trust and Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum to find out how they can get involved in conservation and heritage projects in the area.

With the new Stonehenge visitor centre set to open later this year there will be more chances for people to volunteer at the World Heritage Site and in the surrounding area.

Whether you are a student, retired or about to retire, unemployed or simply want to learn new skills and meet people, this event will give the opportunity for people of all ages to explore what opportunities will be available in the coming months. The volunteer recruitment event takes place at Amesbury Library from June 24 to 28.

To find out when each organisation will be represented, or for further information, contact stonehengewhs@english-heritage.org.uk or inquire at the library.

More info: http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/10490725.Find_out_more_about_Stonehenge_volunteering/?ref=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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Lead archaeologist at Stonehenge discusses his team’s discoveries in new book

The eerie megaliths of Stonehenge have inspired speculation for centuries.

Druids—and sometimes aliens—have been suspected of planting the 4,500-year-old stones. Is Stonehenge an astronomical calendar or a place of healing or a marker for magical energy lines in the ground? For a long time, no one really knew, though some theories were more grounded in reality than others.

But now, we may be a little bit closer to understanding the monumental Neolithic site. Archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson and his colleagues at the Stonehenge Riverside Project, whose research was funded in part by the National Geographic Society, spent seven years excavating Stonehenge and its surroundings. This month, Parker Pearson published the project’s findings in a new book, Stonehenge—A New Understanding: Solving the Mysteries of the Greatest Stone Age Monument.

National Geographic writer Rachel Hartigan Shea spoke with Parker Pearson…

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