Though Spinal Tap may have tried its best to diminish the majesty and mystery of Stonehenge, the puzzling ring of stones maintains an unknown history which begs to be uncovered.
Clues to its purpose still surface today. In fact, only five years ago, a 4,000-year-old skeleton was unearthed nearby, entombed with a fortune of gold and copper. While the skeleton hinted at a solution to the mystery behind the standing stones, the riddle could not be broken.
Or could it? Professors Tim Darvill and Geoff Wainwright believe they have the answer, and are willing to dig to prove it. Can they validate their theory that Stonehenge was a place of healing – an ancient Lourdes towards which the sick and dying would make pilgrimage?
With BBC’s ‘Timewatch’ involved, viewers know Stonehenge is going to be great history; and when it’s about this ancient monument, they also know they’re getting a timeless mystery. This film offers up a huge tale that takes viewers from the Swiss Alps to a Neolithic fortress in the heart of Portugal, to the wilds of Western Britain. It’s not to be missed. Partners: Coproduced by the BBC, the Smithsonian Channel and the Open University, and distributed by TWI (London)
Aired: September, on Smithsonian and BBC2
Length: 50 or 60 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding UK and US