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STONEHENGE

Starting around 2200 BC, an unknown people, the ancient inhabitants of Wiltshire Plain, erected this remarkable monument for the ages. Although its exact purpose is not known, the extraordinary effort required in building it — acquiring the massive blocks (blue stone) in Southern Wales, transferring them a distance of 240 miles (about 400 km), and finally hoisting them into their upright position — suggest that the site held great importance for the people. Certainly it had to have religious significance, but, more than that, it appears to have served as a sort of calendar/calculator to predict seasons, eclipses of the sun, and perhaps more. It stands as a stark reminder of the power of religious belief.

I took the the original slide (Kodachrome 25) in 1990, during a day’s excursion from Oxford University, where I was attending a meeting. Some years earlier I had been a member of the department of theoretical physics, and had made the trip to Stonehenge on numerous occasions. The camera used on this occasion was a Nikon 2020, mounted with a 70-210 lens. The rule of thumb for getting effective silhouettes is to meter 90° away from the subject.

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