Wanted: Stonehenge General Manager; Salary: $99K
And researchers find ancient hunting, feasting ground nearby
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
Updated Apr 28, 2013 7:15 AM CDT
The sun is rising behind the Stonehenge monument in England, during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52am, Monday, June 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

(Newser) – This has got to be one of the weirder job openings you'll see: Stonehenge is looking for a general manager. This person will lead the ancient monument "into a new era," ABC News reports. And, obviously, be responsible for excellent customer service, oversee 80 workers and 100 volunteers, be in charge of the new visitor center, and plan summer and winter solstice events, according to a statement from English Heritage, the organization that manages Britain's historic assets. The role, newly created, pays $99,229 a year. You have until May 5 to apply and should, per the job ad, be an "exceptional individual."

The job isn't the only reason why the stones are in the news: An ancient hunting ground has been found just a mile from the sacred site, and it may explain why Stonehenge is there, LiveScience reports. Researchers found fragments of flint tools, the bones of the ancestor to today's cattle, evidence of fires, and indications that people from different areas all came together there. They believe the site may have been considered a "sacred hunting ground" due to a nearby stream that the beasts may have flocked to—some 5,000 years before Stonehenge was constructed. The place was obviously considered "special," says the lead researcher. "We may have found the cradle of Stonehenge." (Click to read about a mystery even bigger than Stonehenge.)

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Apr 28, 2013 11:23 AM CDT
Ideal qualifications ; black female, muslim or atheist, preferably a socialist party member. Your average kind of guy.
Apr 28, 2013 9:00 AM CDT
This is bizarre. When I visited Stonehenge many, many years ago, it was a bunch of interesting rocks standing out in a field. No one was there. Stonehenge had ZERO employees. This sounds like government and bureaucracy gone nuts. I know the stones are protected now, but seriously, does it take 180 people?
Apr 28, 2013 8:54 AM CDT
Sounds like a good deal, I'll take the job so long as they also pay for my move there