Gettysburg College students travel to Britain to study ancient artifacts


What if Stonehenge were relocated to a museum and replica stones were erected at the original site? Would the site still feel sacred? Would the fake stones be sacred? And how about the original stones in their new location?

Stonehenge isn't in danger, but other ancient British artifacts have been moved indoors to ensure their preservation, and replicas — some excellent, others awful — have been installed on sacred sites.

This past summer, two Gettysburg College students travelled to Scotland, Ireland, and Wales to study the interplay of artifact, landscape, and sacredness. Gwendolyn Williams is double-majoring in history and art history. Katherina Santangelo is an anthropology and classics double major. Their complementary majors enabled them to examine neolithic standing stones and medieval high crosses from multiple perspectives.

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