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

(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.)

The sun is rising behind the Stonehenge monument in England, during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52am, Monday, June 21, 2010.
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)
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