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Archaeologists Launch 'Build Your Own Monument' Competition

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By Tim Binnall

An organization of archaeologists has come up with a clever way for people to pass the time while stuck inside their homes due to coronavirus lockdowns: a 'build your own monument' competition. The challenge is the brainchild of the Archaeological Institute of America, who launched the ongoing contest earlier this month with a call for people to present their best homemade version of Stonehenge.

Broken down into youth, family, and adult groups, the various submissions featured the iconic megalithic landmark fashioned out of toilet paper rolls, Lego building blocks, and even cheese. While the deadline for entries for the Stonehenge round has passed, aspiring monument builders can still participate in the competition over the next few weeks by creating their own version of Chichen Itza, the Colosseum, and the Great Pyramid of Giza. Full details on the contest can be found at the Archaeological Institute of America website.

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