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Archaeologist Ben Robinson flies over Wiltshire to uncover new discoveries in the Stone Age landscape. Sites found from the air have led to exciting new evidence about Stonehenge. The discoveries help to explain why the monument is where it is, and reveal how long ago it was occupied by people.

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Tue 24 May 2022 01:00

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    Peter Gabriel

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Stonehenge's hidden secrets

Stonehenge's hidden secrets

In many ways Stonehenge is the birthplace of aerial archaeology.

Aerial archaeologist Ben Robinson’s says that it was a thrill to view Stonehenge from the same perspective as 2nd Lt Sharpe, the man credited with taking the first purposeful aerial photographs of an archaeological site in Britain.

Navigating the same airspace that Sharpe and his fellow ‘balloonists’ occupied in 1906 is quite challenging these days but it enabled Ben and the TV team to find some fresh perspectives on the landscape below.

Stonehenge and its surrounding landscape are perhaps one of most archaeologically scrutinised places anywhere in the world.

You could be forgiven for thinking that there is little else to discover after more than 100 years of research but aerial surveys are still revealing new archaeological features and prompting exciting theories about the origins of the region.


Role Contributor
Executive Producer Diana Hare
Presenter Ben Robinson
Producer Eddie Anderson


Featured in...

Presenter's blog post: "Our knowledge is being transformed by the aerial view"

Presenter's blog post: "Our knowledge is being transformed by the aerial view"

Read Ben Robinson's post on the BBC Love TV Blog.