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Arts society to welcome expert for talk on the the inside story of Stonehenge

THE Arts Society Sedgemoor is holding a talk entitled ‘Stonehenge: The Inside Story’ at the 37 club in Puriton next Wednesday (November 3).

Club secretary Margaret Stewart said: “Stonehenge is the most celebrated prehistoric stone circle in the British Isles.

“Our talk explains why, for centuries, its architectural techniques convinced antiquarians that it could not have been built by primitive ancient Britons but had to be a product of more-sophisticated Romans.

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“Its extraordinary presence has inspired painters, potters and poets over the centuries, with the magnificent structure becoming an instantly recognisable global icon, appearing in works by Blake, Turner, Constable and Moore and even graces tea towels in Wiltshire, phone cards in Japan and stamps from Bhutan.

“Come along to the talk at 2pm for a 2.15pm start or come earlier to chat to other members in the bar.

“Speaker Julian Richards, a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and holder of an honorary doctorate, is a professional archaeologist working for English Heritage, the BBC (Meet The Ancestors, Blood Of The Vikings, Mapping The Town) and independently.

“His collection of Stonehengiana is on display at the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre.

“The talk forms part of TASS’s 2021 programme, funded by members’ subscriptions; non-members are welcome to join us, at a cost of £8.”

Full information on TASS and its future events can be found at theartssocietysedgemoor.org.uk

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