Britain Approves Tunnel Construction Near Stonehenge, Causing Outcry

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Visitors and tourists walk around the ancient monument at Stonehenge in 2012 in Wiltshire, England.

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Cars drive on the A303 road near Stonehenge.

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Druid King Arthur Pendragon, conducts a Solstice sunset service as people gather in the megalithic monument of Stonehenge in 2010.

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A man who identifies himself as a druid says he’ll lay in front of bulldozers in an effort to stop the project’s construction.

Arthur Pendragon, who asserts he is the reincarnation of King Arthur, says he expects a large protest with turnout from all over the globe, according to The Guardian.

«If they really wanted to do this they should have done it properly with a much longer tunnel, not one that pops up at both ends in the world heritage site,» he says.

Despite the backlash, the Stonehenge’s caretaker organization maintains this is good news.

«This is a landmark day for Stonehenge,» organization chief executive Kate Mavor says in a statement to NPR. «Placing the noisy and intrusive A303 within a tunnel will reunite Stonehenge with the surrounding prehistoric landscape and help future generations to better understand and appreciate this wonder of the world.»

«We will now continue to work closely with heritage partners,» she added, «to ensure that the final road scheme is the best outcome for the Stonehenge.»

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  • World Heritage
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