A project to study, record and conserve the Calderstones in Liverpool is under way. Originally part of a Neolithic burial chamber, the six megaliths take their name from Calderstones Mansion House to which they were moved in 1845. A glasshouse on the estate had served as their home for 50 years but the plan is now to treat and study them before they are reinstalled at the site, which is being revamped as part of a major rehabilitation of the house and grounds.
Phase one of the project involves assessing the condition of the carved sandstone rocks. This includes taking three-dimensional scans of the group to record their decorative carvings and present state of preservation. This work is being carried out by the London-based private firm, Orbis Conservation. This phase also involves looking at the best methods to lift them from the ground so they can be treated without damaging the stones and their decoration. …Read More