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Dr Mark Horton, who is head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Bristol and a presenter on “Time Flyers”, contrasts attitudes in the north of England with those in the south.

“That such landscape destruction could even be considered around Stonehenge, or even our lesser-known sites in the south, is unthinkable. With the new scheme to tunnel the A303 under the Stonehenge landscape, the Government has recognised that a largely unscheduled landscape has to be preserved in situ at a cost to the nation of around £100m. Yet at Thornborough, it is OK to seriously consider the total loss of a prehistoric landscape, arguably as important, for simple economic gain.”

Thornborough Moor: the green “restored” area on the left shows how earlier quarrying bit into the central henge. The water-filled pits at the top give some indication of the extent of the current quarry north of the B6267. The northern henge is covered by a circular copse of trees, but is otherwise well-preserved.


Part of the operational quarry at Nosterfield


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  1. Abuses of the planning system by mining companies
  2. Destruction of archaeology

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