Stonehenge Aotearoa – A modern adaptation of the Stonehenge ruins in Carterton

Built by members of The Phoenix Astronomy Society, it was intended to raise money for the Matariki Research Observatory. Stonehenge Aotearoa, 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.

The pillars are capped with lintels, completing the circle, and a 5 meters -tall obelisk marks the center of the prehistoric monument. The modern Stonehenge  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 / Image source

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