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stonehenge aotearoa opens

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stonehenge in new zealand!

On 5 June 2004, the New Zealand Stonehenge will be complete, in good time for the winter solstice.

“Stonehenge Aotearoa will not be a replica of the ruin on Salisbury Plain in England. It will be a complete and working structure designed and built for its precise location in the Wairarapa. It will however, be similar in size to the original Stonehenge. Stonehenge Aotearoa will consist of a 30-metre diameter circle of 24 monoliths, capped with lintels. Each monolith will rise 3 metres above the ground. The stone circle will encompass a central design incorporating two obelisks (the largest being 5 metres high), a sundial, meridian line, and a solar and Zodiac calendar. Extending from the centre and beyond the circle of stones will be 4 causeways with additional stones that mark the solstices and equinoxes.”

The Phoenix Astronomical Society (TPAS), who is building Stonehenge Aotearoa, have a page describing the original Stonehenge and another with pictures of the building work in progress.

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