This browser is not fully supported by Historic England. Please update your browser to the latest version so that you get the best from our website.


Stonehenge is the ultimate symbol of prehistoric achievement and one of the past's most enduring mysteries. It is one of Europe's most eminent prehistoric monuments, a fact recognised in 1986 when the site and its surrounding landscape was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

Research into Stonehenge

A great deal of effort has gone into improving the conservation, management, and presentation of Stonehenge and its environs over the years. Our extensive survey and excavation work helps to improve our understanding of the site and its setting.

  • The Stonehenge World Heritage Site Mapping Project: Management Report
    This report details the key findings from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site National Mapping Project carried out by staff from the Aerial Survey & Investigation team of English Heritage (now Historic England) in the summer of 2001.

    See the management report

  • Stonehenge WHS - an archaeological research framework
    How does all the archaeological work carried out at Stonehenge over the last century or so fit together? And what should we do next?

    This volume carried out by English Heritage (now Historic England) sets out to provide an overview of achievements and a framework for future research at and around Stonehenge.

    See the research framework for Stonehenge

  • 'Restoring' Stonehenge 1881-1939
    Stonehenge was transformed considerably during the 20th century, the monument itself being subjected to more intervention and alteration from 1901 than at any time since the Bronze Age.

    This Research Report explores the circumstances surrounding three key episodes - the appearance in 1881 of some timber supports; the straightening and concreting of the massive Stone 56 in 1901; and the uncompleted 'reparations' of 1919-20.

    See 'Restoring' Stonehenge

  • Stonehenge, Amesbury, Wiltshire
    An analytical survey of the ground surface at Stonehenge in 2009 revealed the presence of a number of interesting earthworks. This Archaeological Survey Report describes these findings and how they have a bearing on interpretation and the development of the monument.

    See the Archaeological Survey Report

Recent Research Reports

You can download all 20 reports from our recent research using our new interactive map of the Stonehenge landscape.

See our recent research on Stonehenge

Stonehenge: A303 Road Improvement Scheme

On 1 December 2014, the Government announced in its Autumn Statement that it would invest in a tunnel of at least 2.9km to remove much of the A303 road from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. This would be a fully-bored tunnel. Historic England, English Heritage and National Trust welcomed this announcement.

Find out more about the Stonehenge A303 Road Improvement Scheme

The List entry for Stonehenge

You can find out more about what makes this prehistoric monument so extraordinary by reading the entry for Stonehenge on the National Heritage List for England.

Read all about Stonehenge

Historic England has published a number of fascinating books about Stonehenge.

  • The Stonehenge Landscape (2015)
    This book presents the most significant findings from research by English Heritage (now Historic England) and shows how it integrates with the results of work carried out by colleagues in other research bodies.

    Find out more about The Stonehenge Landscape

  • Stonehenge: A History in Photographs (2014)
    Using images from Historic England's unique photographic archive, this book charts the last 150 years in the life of this extraordinary and iconic site.

    Find out more about Stonehenge: A History in Photographs

  • Stonehenge and Avebury Map (2013)
    This large scale map is ideal for walkers and others wanting to explore the fascinating landscape of Stonehenge and Avebury.

    Find out more about the Stonehenge and Avebury Map

  • Stonehenge in its Landscape: Twentieth-century excavations (1995)
    Considered one of the essential Stonehenge 'bibles' for researchers, this book discusses the structural history of Stonehenge, drawing on evidence from excavations carried out between 1901 and 1964.

    Find out more about Stonehenge in its Landscape

Educational resources

See our Heritage Explorer website for a range of educational resources on Stonehenge.

Images of Stonehenge

You can buy high quality images of Stonehenge from Historic England Images.

Historic images of Stonehenge

The Historic England Archive has an extensive collection of historic images of Stonehenge.

Next steps

To visit Stonehenge, see the English Heritage website for further details.

Find out how Stonehenge is managed as a World Heritage Site.

Was this page helpful?

Related News