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Documentary. Part two of this mini-series focuses on the construction, design and significance of the stone circle itself and the ancient civilisation that flourished around it.

Operation Stonehenge follows a group of international archaeologists, led by the University of Birmingham and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Vienna and supported by new research from English Heritage. Part two of this mini-series turns its focus to the construction, design and enduring significance of the iconic stone circle itself and the ancient civilisation that flourished around it.

Solving many of the mysteries of Stonehenge, revelations include the discovery of new monuments in the landscape, the most definitive understanding to date of how the monument looked in its heyday, the precise geometric mastery that dictated its design and solar alignment, and tantalising new evidence of how the megaliths were transported to the site and elaborately finished by skilled engineers and stonemasons.

Precise CGI reconstructions reveal not just an enigmatic circle of stones, but the crowning achievement and epicentre of a highly sophisticated civilisation that had mastered deep mining, international trade, precision engineering, intricate gold working and state-of-the art metallurgy, alongside complex astronomy and mathematics.

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Mon 15 Apr 2019 21:00

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Role Contributor
Director Jeremy Turner
Executive Producer Adam Bullmore
Executive Producer Heinrich Mayer
Executive Producer Terence McKeown

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  • Thu 18 Sep 2014 20:00
  • Sat 20 Sep 2014 20:00
  • Sat 20 Sep 2014 20:30
  • Sun 21 Sep 2014 00:05
  • Wed 5 Nov 2014 00:15
  • Wed 5 Nov 2014 00:45
  • Sun 29 Mar 2015 17:35
  • Fri 10 Nov 2017 15:15
  • Mon 15 Apr 2019 21:00