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History was brought to life for a group of New Forest students when they toured four of the UK’s most ancient and important monuments.
The Class 10 students from the Ringwood Waldorf School left the classroom behind for the day to visit Stonehenge, Old Sarum, Avebury Circle and Silbury Hill in Wiltshire.
This day-long tour was part of their ancient history studies to help further their understanding of the subject.
School administrator, Nigel Revill, accompanied the students on the trip and said: “The students had a fantastic time visiting these famous monuments and learning a lot more about ancient British history.
“It’s great that these four monuments lie just across the border in Wiltshire and are so accessible for us to visit.
“We passionately believe in extending education beyond the classroom and getting out there and touch what you are learning about.
“It helped to bring alive the times and events of thousands of years ago.”
The trip began at Old Sarum, which lies just north of Salisbury and was the original settlement in that area before the now more famous medieval city was formed.
They then moved onto the world-famous Stonehenge to ponder the great mystery that still surrounds why a circle of stones was placed there many thousands of years ago.
Another famous circle monument was the students’ next destination when they explored the nearby Avebury Circle – a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles.
And their final destination was Silbury Hill – the tallest prehistoric human-made mound in Europe – and like Stonehenge, its original purpose remains a mystery.
Class 10 student, Henry Bissett said: “It was great seeing all the ancient sites, especially the monuments that you could walk up to, touch and experience first hand.”