Ravehenge? Not!

Stonehenge experts are less than thrilled by recent depictions of the monument as a venue for prehistoric raves. “It has undoubtedly been put to the press in an eye-catching way with the use of the word rave and all that sort of thing,” laughs Dave Batchelor, archaeologist at Stonehenge, reflecting on the report by Huddersfield University’s Dr Rupert Till.

Dr. Till recently offered a theory that Stonehenge was the ultimate party place, but Batchelor believes it was much more than that. “I think what is wrong in the way it’s being reported is that the purpose of Stonehenge was not effectively as a concert hall or for music. What was going on at Stonehenge involved instruments, voice, and all those sort of things.”