THE 300KM journey of the 'Bluestones' which make up the inner ring of standing stones at Stonehenge is to be recreated using only Stone Age methods.
A 4t chunk of Bluestone, dubbed 'The Millennium Stone', will be moved from a quarry in the Preseli Mountains of North Pembrokeshire to Wiltshire, crossing the Bristol Channel on the way. The £100,000 project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the journey starts on 1 March. The trip is due to be completed by 23 September, the autumn equinox.
Millennium Stone project co-ordinator Philip Bowen said he was still looking for ideas on how the stone should be moved.
'Our first idea is to place the stone on a sled which will move on rollers,' he said. 'To cross the Bristol Channel we are having replica curraghs (a timber frame boat clad in animal skins) built, which will be lashed each side of the stone. But we have to work out how to make the transition from land to water and back again.'
The originator of the project is Menter Preseli, a North Pembrokeshire based rural development initiative.
To minimise the more problematic overland phase, the stone will take advantage of the River Avon and the Kennet & Avon Canal. Country roads and public rights of way will make up most of the overland route.