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Duration: 55 minutes

An investigation into a radical theory that Stonehenge, far from being a place of burial as is commonly assumed, was in fact a place of healing - a Bronze Age Lourdes. The investigation takes in forensic testing of bones excavated over the past decades and hard-won permission for the first dig in 50 years at the Henge, watched live online by millions of viewers around the world. Does the theory of the healing stones bear up to modern-day forensic science?

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  • Take it further

    Two of Britain’s leading archaeologists and world-renowned experts on Stonehenge, Professor Tim Darvill and Geoff Wainwright, believe they have finally unlocked the mystery of the monument.

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  • Behind the scenes

    How do you make a programme about Stonehenge that offers something new? Covering the first dig in the Stone circle for more than fifty years is a pretty good start.

    Read the production blog at
  • Stonehenge podcast

    John Farren, editor of Timewatch, explores the riddle of the stones with historians Tim Darvill, Susie West and Stuart Mitchell.

    Listen to the Stonehenge podcast at
  • Stonehenge clip

    Sometimes we get a chance to make a film that changes the way we view history.

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Tim Darvill
Geoff Wainwright
David Stewart


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