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Stonehenge is seeking general manager to maintain "dignity of stones" and speak to Druids. Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish have more on what the job entails and how the selection is made.


Now, from the Help Wanted desk here at ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.


Manager wanted at Stonehenge: Must like big stones and work well with Druids.

CORNISH: OK, that's not the exact wording they used, but English Heritage - which runs Stonehenge and the other U.K. historic sites - is in fact looking for a general manager for the ancient site.

SIEGEL: They're also looking for a part-time solstice manager.

CORNISH: Right. The full-time gig pays almost pays almost $100,000 a year.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Welcome to Stonehenge, its circle of giant stones standing for centuries on Salisbury Plain as one of the great mysteries of civilization.

SIEGEL: That's from a PBS show about Stonehenge. We're forced to use that because the people who placed the ad won't talk to us.


UNIDENTIFIED MAN: So what exactly is Stonehenge?

CORNISH: Are you kidding? It's only one of the best known prehistoric monuments in Europe, according to the job posting, with 10 million visitors a year. And they're about to open a new visitor center. Responsibilities include: maintaining the dignity of the stones and meetings with pagan and druid leaders about the solstice celebrations.

SIEGEL: Send your application by May 5th.

What we want to know, of course, is will the new managers answer the overarching question...


YLVIS: (Singing) What's the meaning of Stonehenge? It's killing me that no one knows why it was built 5,000 years ago. Why did they build the Stonehenge? How could they raise the stones so high, completely without the technology?

CHORUS: (Singing) What's the meaning of Stonehenge?

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