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The first aerial photographs of Stonehenge shown (1906)

The first aerial photographs of Stonehenge shown (1906)

Stonehenge, today, is one of the most photographed landmarks in the country. But, just 100 years ago, a snap was taken of the 5,000-year-old stone circle that was to completely revolutionise archaeology. Up until the early 1900s Stonehenge had been snapped, etched, painted and drawn but all from ground level.  In 1906 all of that was about to change when Lieutenant Philip Henry Sharpe took to the air in a tethered balloon and snapped just three shots of the Neolithic monument.  The photographs were not only the first ever aerial pictures to be taken of Stonehenge but of any archaeological site in Britain.

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