Stone 5

The prominent "D" and "I" visible on the easterly face of this stone is where lichen has colonised an area cleaned of graffiti (reputedly the graffiti was "RADIO CAROLINE ON 269", referencing a UK pirate radio station founded in 1964). From the obituary of lichenologist Peter James:

Among the places James surveyed more than once was Stonehenge, for which he produced separate species lists for each of the 82 stones that make up the monument – including the bright-yellow lichen Candalariella which flourished wherever English Heritage had tried to remove paint graffiti.

Estimated above ground weight: 13.53 tons
Height: 4.27m (14ft 0in)