GET hands on with history at Stonehenge this Easter.

As well as a full programme of family activities visitors can test their strength against their Neolithic ancestors as they help move a four tonne stone similar in size and shape to the actual lintels of the stone circle.

The ‘Moving a Stone’ event is designed to give visitors of all ages the chance to experience what it might have felt like to build Stonehenge.

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English Heritage historian Susan Greaney said: “This sort of hands on archaeology experience is genuinely exciting as we’re trying to answer some of the mysteries surrounding Stonehenge.

“There is a real sense of achievement, as everyone works together to do something that people may have done here thousands of years ago.

“It helps you understand Stonehenge better, and feel closer to the people who built it, because you’re literally doing it for yourself. We hope that lots of families will come along and get involved.”

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Stonehenge volunteers have spent the winter building the sledge using replica Neolithic tools, which will be used to help understand how the stones may have originally been moved and raised.

The moving a stone activity will run twice a day from next Friday (April 12) to Tuesday 16 and on the final day visitors will help to raise the stone.

English Heritage is hosting a full programme of Hands on History events at Stonehenge over the school holidays, including pottery, flint knapping demonstrations, Neolithic bush craft and more.

All Easter demonstrations run between 10.30am and 4.30pm.

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