The Story of Stonehenge with Sean Moran

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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Sean's presentation left me with many things to wonder about and research going forward. It's very much appreciated that Context posts a recording of the presentation to review. Also, his book recommendations. Thanks!

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Totally fascinating

It just about felt as if I were actually at Stonehenge because the presentation was so dynamic! Sean was most informative, very personable and made the conversation come alive!

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L.G.
Sean Moran is fabulous!

I’d been to Stonehenge and trudged around wondering what all the fuss was about until I listened to Sean Moran’s “conversation” on the history and significance of the site. I can’t wait to get back to England and take an in-person Context Travel tour of Stonehenge with him. Knowledgeable, articulate, funny and charming — I’ll take any class Mr Moran offers!

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S.-.B.M.
Ind-depth Look at the Creation and Future of a Fascinating Site

Having visited Stonehenge when one could get up close to the trilithons and walk freer in the area, I was excited to see a session on this topic. Sean carefully described the phases of the erection of these huge stones, where they came from, what their significance may be, and attributes of the surrounding land and ditches. Outer circles, inner circles. alter stone, and now, the X and Y holes. The archeological findings were so interesting. He asked listeners if, for Stonehenge, the winter or summer solstice was more important? How opportune that this was presented at the time of the winter solstice!! Lovely drone views and the beautiful dusk photo ended an informational program which I aim to re-watch.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews
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Sean's presentation left me with many things to wonder about and research going forward. It's very much appreciated that Context posts a recording of the presentation to review. Also, his book recommendations. Thanks!

H
H.
Totally fascinating

It just about felt as if I were actually at Stonehenge because the presentation was so dynamic! Sean was most informative, very personable and made the conversation come alive!

L
L.G.
Sean Moran is fabulous!

I’d been to Stonehenge and trudged around wondering what all the fuss was about until I listened to Sean Moran’s “conversation” on the history and significance of the site. I can’t wait to get back to England and take an in-person Context Travel tour of Stonehenge with him. Knowledgeable, articulate, funny and charming — I’ll take any class Mr Moran offers!

S
S.-.B.M.
Ind-depth Look at the Creation and Future of a Fascinating Site

Having visited Stonehenge when one could get up close to the trilithons and walk freer in the area, I was excited to see a session on this topic. Sean carefully described the phases of the erection of these huge stones, where they came from, what their significance may be, and attributes of the surrounding land and ditches. Outer circles, inner circles. alter stone, and now, the X and Y holes. The archeological findings were so interesting. He asked listeners if, for Stonehenge, the winter or summer solstice was more important? How opportune that this was presented at the time of the winter solstice!! Lovely drone views and the beautiful dusk photo ended an informational program which I aim to re-watch.

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