Major repairs begin at Stonehenge

Senior Historic Property Curator from English Heritage, Heather Sebire, said detailed laser scans took a few years ago had given them a good record of what needed fixing.

"One of the lintels for example was stitched together in the 1950s so we're going to be doing some repair work to that because at the time they used a mortar that was very hard and we're going to replace that with lime mortar," she said.

The work, which will see scaffolding erected to allow access to the top of the stones at the world heritage site, the largest of which is about 30 feet high, will stop existing cracks getting bigger and replace concrete mortar which was used for repairs in the 1950s and 60s with lime mortar.

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