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Owner of Welsh coastal park wants Stonehenge back

07 Mar 2021 2 minute read
Stonehenge. Picture by garethwiscombe (CC BY 2.0).

The owner of an attraction on Wales’ west coast has said that Stonehenge should be carted back and erected on his land to attract tourists.

Lyn Jenkins of Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park made the comments in the Western Telegraph newspaper which serves the area.

It was revealed last month that the monument may have started as a stone circle in Wales that was then dismantled and rebuilt 280 kilometres away at its current location in England.

A team of archaeologists uncovered the remains of the original site, in the Preseli hills of west Wales.

Lyn Jenkins suggested that the stones could be re-erected on his land as a tourist attraction.

“Greece is trying to reclaim the Elgin Marbles. What if Wales tries reclaiming Stonehenge?” Lyn Jenkins asked.

“They can re-erect it here, in Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park, Gwbert, from where we can view the Preseli Hills in the distance.

“If not, why doesn’t Mark Drakeford send Boris Johnson a bill for a few million pounds? After all, Stonehenge is an extremely lucrative tourist attraction.

He added: “Of course, being a historian, [Boris Johnson] may well point out that the 5,000-year-old monolith was not received by the English, since they have only been in what is now England for a mere 1,500 years.”

The claimed original site of the monument in Waun Mawn has a diameter of 110 metres, identical to the ditch that encloses Stonehenge and it is aligned on the midsummer solstice sunrise, just like the Wiltshire monument.

One of the stones also bears an imprint in its base that matches the unusual cross-section of a Stonehenge bluestone “like a key in a lock”, the archaeologists said.

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