As part of the Reading the Hurlers project, 55 U3A members visited Stonehenge on 9th April. The aim of the visit was to put the early Bronze Age site of The Hurlers into the wider context of late Neolithic and Bronze Age sites in the British Isles. And what better place to visit! For some members of the group, it was their first time visiting this impressive stone age site.
Fortunately, the weather was set fair for the day and as the coach left Saltash, the sun was shining and spirits were high. Once at the visitor centre, the group took time to view the exhibition and reconstruction of Neolithic roundhouses before geologist Calum Beeson explained the geology of the stones used to build the monument. Guided by Caradon Archaeology Group members Iain Rowe and Pete Crispin, the group headed along the cursus to view the stones before a brisk walk back to the coach and the all-important look around the gift shop.
|Geology group members examine a stone up close|
Pat Fitzsimmons (Saltash U3A geology group lead) with fellow members
|Along the ancient route of the cursus to Stonehenge|
|Nigel dowsing for lines of significance on the way to the stones|
|Geologist Calum Beeson reading the Stonehenge guidebook|
|Our educational guides for the day, Pete Crispin (left) and Iain Rowe|