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Touching them is forbidden, although this has not always been the case: their surfaces are scarred with graffiti both ancient and modern, from images of daggers gouged out in the Bronze Age to Christopher Wren’s . “You’d have thought he’d have known better,” said English Heritage archaeologist Heather Sebire disapprovingly, when we walked among the stones one dusk. Sebire is pro-tunnel: “Everyone knows the scheme’s not perfect. But it is the best we’re going to get at this point in time.”
There are some 1,300 stone circles in the UK, from the Ring of Brodgar in the Orkneys to the Merry Maidens in Cornwall, according to archaeologist Mike Pitts (pro-tunnel). But none of them is quite like Stonehenge. Two things make it unique, archaeologist Julian Richards (anti-tunnel) told me.