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Weird News'Lost' piece of Stonehenge returned after 60 years

10:16  08 may  2019
10:16  08 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Image: Researchers are hoping the returned piece will help unlock some of Stonehenge 's mysteries. A missing piece of one of the huge stones at Stonehenge which was removed 60 years ago has been returned , English Heritage has said.

A missing piece of Stonehenge has been returned to the site 60 years after it was taken. No-one knew where it was until Robert Phillips, 89, who was For decades, a missing piece of sarsen stone from England’s famed Stonehenge monument was thought to have been lost during archaeological

'Lost' piece of Stonehenge returned after 60 years © English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty Images Stonehenge, Wiltshire, circa 2015. General view at dusk with the Moon above the stones. (Photo by English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty Images) A missing piece of one of the huge stones at Stonehenge which was removed 60 years ago has been returned, English Heritage has said.

'Lost' piece of Stonehenge returned after 60 years © Getty Researchers are hoping the returned piece will help unlock some of Stonehenge's mysteries

The stone "core" was removed during archaeological excavations in 1958 and largely forgotten about.

Six decades on, it will join English Heritage's collection of more than 500,000 artefacts and could help uncover the source of the stones.

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(CNN) — A missing piece from one of Stonehenge 's giant sarsen stones, removed 60 years ago during excavations, has been returned to the ancient monument. But its return could help experts uncover the source of the sarsen stones used in creating the monument around five millennia ago.

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The stone was removed during the raising of a fallen trilithon, which is the name for two upright stones and a third across the top.

Three 32mm holes were drilled into the metre-thick stone it as part of a plan to use metal rods to reinforce one of the vertical stones, which had cracked.

The three cores have since been lost - or so it was thought.

Basingstoke diamond-cutting business Van Moppes conducted the drilling and employee Robert Phillips kept one of the Stonehenge cores removed during the process.

'Lost' piece of Stonehenge returned after 60 years © PA The ancient stone circle is open to the elements, unlike the core which had been kept indoors

Mr Phillips gave the artefact pride of place to in his office and took it with him when he left the firm and emigrated to America where it stayed with him.

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(Photo by English Heritage/Heritage Images/Getty Images) A missing piece of one of the huge stones at Stonehenge which was removed 60 years ago has been returned , English Heritage has said. © Getty Researchers are hoping the returned piece will help unlock some of Stonehenge 's mysteries.

LONDON — A missing piece of Stonehenge has been returned to Britain 60 years after it was taken, and the piece is likely to provide clues to the origins of the prehistoric monument, said English Heritage, the organization that takes care of the site, on Wednesday.

It was only on the eve of his 90th birthday when he said he wanted it to return to England.

English Heritage, who look after the ancient stone circle, does not know if the other two Stonehenge cores survived and is urging anyone who has any information to get in touch.

Heather Sebire, English Heritage's curator for Stonehenge, said: "The last thing we ever expected was to get a call from someone in America telling us they had a piece of Stonehenge.

"We are very grateful to the Phillips family for bringing this intriguing piece of Stonehenge back home.

"Studying the Stonehenge core's 'DNA' could tell us more about where those enormous sarsen stones originated."

The returned core has been protected from the elements unlike the weathered stones and so could yield new information for researchers.

Lewis Phillips said: "Our father has always been interested in archaeology and he recognised the huge importance of the piece of the monument in his care. It was his wish that it be returned to Stonehenge."

Anyone with information about the other two cores can get in touch by emailing stonehenge.core@english-heritage.org.uk

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