The Story of Stonehenge with Sean Moran - Context Travel

The Story of Stonehenge with Sean Moran


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Stonehenge might just be the most famous prehistoric site in the world. It has been the subject of endless investigations and speculation by antiquarians archaeologists and scientists as well as mystics, stargazers, and all those who seek it spirituality and meaning. Much of it remains a mystery. Who built it? How did they build it? Why did they build it and when did they build it? Led by a local to Stonehenge, this conversation seeks to introduce this extraordinary monument to participants and unpack these questions so we can better understand this fascinating prehistoric site.

Stonehenge wears many different hats. To some, it is but a stop on their world travels. For others, it is a reminder of the achievement of the ancient past. To those with a spiritual leaning, it is a living temple as spiritual today as it was when it was first built. The conversation will examine the structure of Stonehenge before placing it firmly in its surrounding landscape which is an inseparable part of the history and meaning of Stonehenge. It is a non-academic, thought-provoking, and visual presentation which will allow you to experience Stonehenge without the thousands of people who travel daily to see the monument, (1.6 million in 2019).

Just like a medieval cathedral today, Stonehenge would have been awe-inspiring, but not unfamiliar, to someone in the latter part of the Stone Age and early part of the Bronze Age. Today, the work to understand it is almost continuous, some of which sheds amazing light on the history and answers many fundamental questions. We’ll discuss how as modern science develops, so too does our understanding of this cathedral of our ancestors.

Sean Moran, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and one of the renowned London Blue Badge Guides, can often be found walking in the Stonehenge landscape with Context clients who get very excited when they find 5,000-year-old flint arrowheads about their feet. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of Stonehenge and appreciate that they are more than just a heap of stones and how the landscape in which Stonehenge stands adds to our understanding.

Since leaving university in 1982, Sean has lived and worked across the globe in a nearly 30-year career as a senior executive in financial services. He put his skills and knowledge to work in the Charity Sector in the UK for 7 years but decided life was too short to not focus entirely on his passions for people, history, art and architecture. When not guiding, Sean is restoring a Georgian House and serving as a Parish Councillor. He is a freeman of the City of London and a freeman of the City Livery company of Clockmakers. He lives in London and Wiltshire.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Excellent talk on StoneHenge

Sean was very engaging and provided lots of information and background. He was also able answer the questions from the attendees.

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Stonehenge

Excellent presentation. Especially loved the visuals. I was able to understand not only Stonehenge itself, but the surrounding areas

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G.D.

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K.S.
Wonderfully interesting. Larger diagrams, please.

Wonderful. Really good. I would love the overhead drawings to be larger, somehow. Or maybe I need better glasses?

S
S.P.

Mr. Moran took us to Stonehenge in a way that would be difficult to replicate live, underground, above, throughout the area and the landscape. it was thoroughly enjoyable. when i do visit in person, i look forward to having him as our guide

Customer Reviews

Based on 26 reviews
100%
(26)
0%
(0)
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L
L.W.
Excellent talk on StoneHenge

Sean was very engaging and provided lots of information and background. He was also able answer the questions from the attendees.

A
A.
Stonehenge

Excellent presentation. Especially loved the visuals. I was able to understand not only Stonehenge itself, but the surrounding areas

G
G.D.

Guest did not leave comment

K
K.S.
Wonderfully interesting. Larger diagrams, please.

Wonderful. Really good. I would love the overhead drawings to be larger, somehow. Or maybe I need better glasses?

S
S.P.

Mr. Moran took us to Stonehenge in a way that would be difficult to replicate live, underground, above, throughout the area and the landscape. it was thoroughly enjoyable. when i do visit in person, i look forward to having him as our guide