The initial discussion is not promising, especially since production details strongly suggest it was recreated after the fact. Former FBI agent Ben Hansen is talking with “scientist” Bill Murphy (actually a longtime paranormal promoter), who never met a shadow he didn’t think was a ghost:
Heaven forefend! It bothers me that the ancient astronaut theory is the only one suggested, granting it false power as a legitimate theory. However, when the investigation picks up in the second half hour (after an investigation of an Icelandic sea serpent shows it was probably some floating plastic trash), it becomes obvious that the ancient astronaut theory is being used for two subversive purposes: (a) to provide a fake paranormal “mystery” to justify the inclusion of Stonehenge on this show, and (b) to set up a straw man argument that the program can knock down while vindicating the theories of an everyman from Michigan.
So, the team travels to England where they meet with an archaeologist whose comments are edited down to make it sound like archaeologists have no possible conception of how Stonehenge’s stones were moved, rather than merely arguing about the exact method whereby they were moved with some combination of levers, rollers, and manpower.
At any rate, the whole trip to Stonehenge was more of a free vacation than anything else since we then travel to Lapeer, Michigan to meet with retired construction worker Wally Wallington and WWE wrestler Kofi Kingston. Wallington believes that well-known ancient principles including the fulcrum and levers can be used to move large rocks. This has been known since at least the time of the Greeks, so it is not exactly breaking news. Kingston is there to cross-promote SyFy’s broadcast of WWE wrestling.
Back at the situation room, probably only a few minutes after the initial staged conversation, the team evaluates the results:
Ben Hansen: Having done it, what would you say to people who think this might have been, you know, built by aliens or some other supernatural way?
Austin Porter: We just showed that you could do it using the technology of the time. So, is it possible? Absolutely. Man did it, and we should just appreciate their hard work.
It seems that the network has a quota for how many mysteries the show can solve without leaving open a paranormal explanation. But in the case of Stonehenge, as in more than two thirds of their investigations, the Fact or Faked crew did a service by explaining how hard work and ingenuity trump the facile appeal to aliens over on the History Channel and H2.