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Virtual Stonehenge launched online
Virtual Stonehenge
Explore a virtual recreation of Stonehenge online

Wiltshire is now on the virtual map, as Heritage Key have just unveiled a 3D virtual Stonehenge web experience.

Heritage Key is an online community aimed at those with an interest in history and culture.

The site combines content such as podcasts, YouTube videos and news articles with an online 3D virtual experience.

This virtual environment is used to recreate worldwide archaeological sites.

Visitors to the site can now explore a highly detailed virtual recreation of the ancient site from the comfort of their own living room.

Key features of the virtual experience include the chance to explore Stonehenge as it once stood over four thousand years ago in a dynamic living environment filled with wildlife and where the sun rises and sets.

You can also visit the nearby Neolithic settlement of Durrington Walls and interact with the people of the time, as well as take part in an ancient sunset ritual.

Continuing the interactive experience, you will also be able to discuss your experience with other visitors in Heritage Key's virtual visitor centre.

Virtual Stonehenge
The Stonehenge 3D experience offers viewers the chance to see what the site looked like 4000 years ago

Jonathan Himoff, CEO of online virtual environment company Rezzable, says: "Stonehenge raises just as many questions as it answers about life in prehistoric times, but if those stones could talk they would tell us the story of the last 5,000 years of British history.

"Heritage Key is bringing this story to life through our virtual experience, as well as the varied media resources available online to complement it.

"In reality, Stonehenge is now fenced off from the public to protect the site from over-tourism.

"Not only can Heritage Key's virtual experience allow you to wander amongst the stones, we can also take visitors back in time to when the site was first built.

Heritage Key allows visitors to learn about the origins of the site, as well as the life and customs of the indigenous people, so that their experience of Stonehenge in the flesh can be even more magical
Jonathan Himoff, Rezzable

"Heritage Key allows visitors to learn about the origins of the site, as well as the life and customs of the indigenous people, so that their experience of Stonehenge in the flesh can be even more magical."

This immersive adventure is complimented with a media-rich website. So, whether you want to step back in time and see Stonehenge, watch YouTube videos on your iPhone or post comments on the latest expert articles, Heritage Key lets you discover history the way you want to.

As an interactive community, Heritage Key also allows visitors to join lectures and meet with people from around the world to share and discuss their experiences.

The Stonehenge virtual experience is being launched as part of Heritage Key's Ancient World in London festival, a series of online and real-world events celebrating the ancient world that is just underneath the skin of modern Britain.

To find out more information, and to sample the Stonehenge 3D experience, visit the Heritage Key website.

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