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NOVA: Secrets Of Stonehenge

Airs Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: A photo of Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain, in southern England.

Re-excavation of Aubrey Hole 7 by members of the Stonehenge Riverside Project: Mike Parker Pearson, in red t-shirt in foreground, Josh Pollard to his left, Julian Richards to the left beyond, and Mike Pitts in black.
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Above: Re-excavation of Aubrey Hole 7 by members of the Stonehenge Riverside Project: Mike Parker Pearson, in red t-shirt in foreground, Josh Pollard to his left, Julian Richards to the left beyond, and Mike Pitts in black.

Europe's Mysterious Megaliths

View a slide show of stone circles and other prehistoric ceremonial sites stretching from Scotland to Malta.

Dated to the late Stone Age, Stonehenge may be the best-known and most mysterious relic of prehistory. Every year, a million visitors are drawn to England to gaze upon the famous circle of stones, but the monument's meaning has continued to elude us.

Now investigations inside and around Stonehenge have kicked off a dramatic new era of discovery and debate over who built Stonehenge and for what purpose. How did prehistoric people quarry, transport, sculpt, and erect these giant stones?

In "Secrets Of Stonehenge," granted exclusive access to the dig site at Bluestonehenge, a prehistoric stone-circle monument recently discovered about a mile from Stonehenge, the NOVA cameras join a new generation of researchers finding important clues to this enduring mystery.

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Preview: NOVA: Secrets Of Stonehenge

Above: Granted exclusive access to the dig site at Bluestonehenge, a prehistoric stone circle monument recently discovered about a mile from Stonehenge, "NOVA" cameras join a new generation of researchers finding important clues to the enduring mystery of Stonehenge.

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