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A20-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 Stonehenge You May Look, But Not Touch ings of bronze ax blades and other symbols connected with the prehistoric ax cult that created the monument have been rubbed away by careless feet and curious fingers, by souvenir seekers who have dug into the stone and chipped pieces off. In addition, the heavy tourist traffic to Stonehenge has necessitated construction of a road that intrudes upon the esthetics of the site. The cursus, the neolithic earthwork that preceded Stonehenge, and other related barrows and monuments of the surrounding Wessex burial culture, are separated from the larger monument by this road. Ideally, it is felt the entire monument should be viewed as an historic whole. So the government will restrict tourist intrusion upon the monument. It will create a more sophisticated road network, leading to parking areas that do not intrude upon the Stonehenge hill site, it will put in audio-visual displays explaining the convoluted archeology, history and astronomy at Stonehenge. And it will make certain that visitors will go to the monuments, via different paths, and view it from a suitable distance from behind a fence. Baroness Birk, parliamentary undersecretary of state at the Department of the Environment, which supervises national conservation, said Friday, "We have reached the moment of decision for Stonehenge. Either we protect it, or we continue to allow people to trample over the site and leave posterity to look after itself. "I am not prepared to consider the latter alternative," Baroness Birk said. The restriction is necessary, according to conservation officials, because of the enormous numbers of people who visit Stonehenge and who have been wearing and chipping away at the prehistoric stones. Stonehenge is Britain's second most popular tourist attraction after the Tower of London. Last year, it was visited by an estimated 670,000 persons, who according to the conservationists, have trampled the site to mud and have eroded it to such an extent that a grit and gravel surface put down a year ago has been obliterated. The Bluestones, which make up the mysterious monument, were transported to the Salisbury Plain from Presely Mountain in Pembrokeshire about 35 centuries ago. They are soft and show signs of wear. Some of the incised carv (c) Nw York Tlmtt There is, it appears, no end to Britain's travail this year. First it was the extended drought, then the plummeting pound. Now, financial hard times and the erosion brought on by years of inquisitive tourism have combined to force the British to close the hot mineral springs baths at Bath and to severely restrict access to Stonehenge. The government ordered the baths founded by Roman soldiers 1,900 years ago closed F riday because the Town Council of Bath could not afford to keep them open after Britain's National Health Service withdrew its support for patients who bathed at Bath and drank its waters. National Health Service patients accounted for 95 per cent of the estimated 40,000 patients who used the baths annually. Even as the closing was ordered, it was disclosed by the Times of London that public access to Stonehenge, the prehistoric monuments on the Salisbury Plain was about to be restricted. Visitors will be kept behind a picket and rope fence, behind a bank and ditch, 100 feet from the center of the circle of stones. Prehistoric Monuments on Salisbury Plain AH? J Z,, :r5 fi scrsu,& i .xvv, 3tx y -r n :wMmmmjm y. :' . . ..-jx F' v-V; :v" G x --m. jot' i it JLf T r jo yet, O si .. .. .' . - friii n .r. 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