• Austria's news in English
 
app_header_v3
Austria to reconstruct Stonehenge
Photo credit: MAMUZ Museum Mistelbach

Austria to reconstruct Stonehenge

The Local · 3 Mar 2016, 09:47

Published: 03 Mar 2016 09:47 GMT+01:00

The 4000-year-old monument, the purpose and construction of which has baffled scientists for centuries, is being reconstructed to scale in MAMUZ Museum Mistelbach in Lower Austria.

Although it is not know for sure how the original stones - some weighing up to 50 tonnes - were moved from locations around Britain to the site in Wiltshire, west of London, researchers have suggested it would have taken hundreds of men and a complicated rope pulley system.

In 2016, Austrian researcher opted for a more up-to-date solution and re-constructed the site using 3D laser technology.

Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with the seven-metre-tall stones and even touch them, an experience that has been banned at the original Stonehenge due to fears that it would destroy the monument.

The exhibit, which opens March 20th, will also feature information about discoveries made in Lower Austria that archaeologists have described as much earlier versions of Stonehenge, which show how the region transitioned between the Stone and Bronze ages.

But according to the head of the museum Matthias Pacher, who helped to set up the exhibit: “The stones are the big hit.”

It is partly coordinated by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology, who were involved in a previous four year project with Britain’s Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project to survey the landscape surrounding the original Stonehenge site.

In that project the Austrian team helped to unearth 15 previously unknown monuments, including henges, barrows, segmented ditches and pits.

Story continues below…

Other discoveries made in Burgenland also show evidence of Austria’s own stone circle history.

Aerial photographs taken of the outskirts of the town of Rechnitz showed circular trenches dating back to the Neolithic Period, believed by experts to represent a giant calendar and a place for rituals.

There are many theories about the original purpose of England's Stonehenge, including suggestions that the site was a burial ground, a pilgrimage spot for spiritual healing, a astronomical tool, or even a place to play music.

 

For more news from Austria, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Police officer run over by prisoner on day release
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

A police officer in Vienna is in a critical condition after being knocked down by a prisoner on day release who was riding a Yamaha motorbike at full speed.

Jealousy drives man to blow up ex-girlfriend with hand grenade
Prnjavor in northern Bosnia. Photo: Cuman/Wikipedia

A Bosnian man living in Austria travelled back to his homeland to blow up his ex-girlfriend with a hand grenade when he found out she was seeing somebody else.

Teenager dies in horror crash on Austria's Westautobahn
File photo: Jacktd/Wikimedia

One person has died and seven others are seriously injured after a horrific road accident on the Westautobahn (A1) in Lower Austria.

Taiwanese tourist rescued from Austrian mountain via WhatsApp
Dachstein. Photo: Wikipedia

A tourist from Taiwan who got lost on Austria’s Dachstein mountain was rescued after sending a friend in Hong Kong images via WhatsApp.

Man jailed for making hundreds of sex calls to teachers
Wels court. Photo: Austrian Justice Ministry

A 59-year-old man from Upper Austria has received a 15-month conditional prison sentence after he phoned hundreds of young female teachers and sexually harassed them.

Comedian sets sights on Austrian parliament
Roland Düringer. Photo: ORF

An Austrian comedian, Roland Düringer, has founded a new political party and says he plans to introduce it in time for Austria’s next parliamentary election.

Austrian election set for early December after 'gluegate'
Austrian parliament building. Photo: Wikimedia

Austria's parliament has approved December 4th as the new date for the presidential election re-run in a scandal-ridden race.

Lovesick football fan to blame for mass brawl in Linz
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

A football fan jilted by an ex-lover is thought to have started a fight between football supporters and a group of asylum seekers earlier this month in Linz.

Austrian far-right leader publishes drugs test
Heinz-Christian Strache. Photo: Facebook/Personal

The head of Austria's popular far-right Freedom Party, long subject to allegations he takes illegal drugs, has published results of tests that he said show he is clean.

Muslim woman attacked and bitten in Vienna
The woman had swelling and bruises on her forehead. Photo: Haber Journal

The family of a Muslim woman who was attacked in Vienna by an unknown assailant suspect the assault was motivated by Islamophobia.

Sponsored Article
Why Jordan is the ‘Different’ East
National
Those surprising Austrians!
National
100 years since the last emperor's death
National
Afghani family's new home in Austria
Lifestyle
Have fun in September!
National
Der you learn Deutsch?
Culture
Delighted by the light
National
Beware these passport scams
National
Of course we skipped Oarsch
National
Foodies rejoice at the choice!
Travel & Tourism
Yodel-ei-ei-eee--oh
Lifestyle
10 years after her escape from captivity
Politics
Surviving the Brexit for British expats
National
Another 10 million Euros for fresh elections
Gallery
Day 2 of the World Bodypainting Festival 2016
Society
Is Islam hostile to Western society?
Gallery
Bodypainting festival in southern Austria
National
It's gonna be hot... here's how to cope
National
Europe's ice cream capital
Travel
Best Austrian beauty spots
Travel & Tourism
Three days in Vienna as a tourist
National
How to make friends in Austria
2,485
jobs available