October 20, 2020

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Stonehenge streams the solstice online for the first time

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The ancient, mystical place Stonehenge in England has announced that for the first time ever it will live stream its solstice feast in the summer on English Heritage’s social media accounts.

Stonehenge is one of Britain’s greatest archaeological mysteries. Despite countless theories about the purpose of the place, ranging from a sacrificial centre to a celestial clockwork, no one knows for sure what drove the prehistoric British to spend so much time and effort on its construction. The first phase of construction began around 3000 BC, although recent archaeological finds show that the area had been sacred for hundreds of years before work began.

Stonehenge hosts one of the world’s most popular summer celebrations every year on the longest day of the year. Thousands of visitors come to see the sun rise behind the Whole Stone, but with the COVID-19 pandemic it is not possible to receive a crowd this year. Instead, the English Heritage organisation will offer a livestream of the sunrise on Sunday morning GMT on 21 June on the social media channels. “We hope that our livestream will provide people in the area and far away with an alternative opportunity to connect with this spiritual place at such a special time of year and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year,” said Nichola Tasker, director of Stonehenge.

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