Stonehenge Aotearoa in Carterton

Stonehenge Aotearoa in Carterton

Built by members of The Phoenix Astronomy Society, is a modern adaptation of the Stonehenge ruins on the Salisbury Plain of England.

The henge, opened on 12 February 2005 by Nobel Laureate Professor Alan MacDiarmid, contains 24 pillars and is 30 meters in diameter and about 4 meters high.

Stonehenge Aotearoa / Image: wairarapanz.com

The pillars are capped with lintels, completing the circle, and a 5 meters -tall obelisk marks the center of the henge. The modern henge was designed to demonstrate how ancient peoples used such constructions to understand astronomy.

Stonehenge Aotearoa is at a different latitude and longitude than the original Stonehenge, it is not an exact replica.

It was intended to generate revenue for The Phoenix Astronomy Society to raise money for the Matariki Research Observatory.


Featured Image: Stonehenge Aotearoa / Image: cartertonec.co.nz

Websites: stonehenge-aotearoa.co.nz, english-heritage.org.uk


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