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Stonehenge archaeologists discover 'superhenge' neolithic site buried underground

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by EF-Roger, Sep 7, 2015.

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  1. EF-Roger

    EF-Roger Member

    A computerised interpretation of what the 'superhenge' site is believed to have looked like before being buried.

    Archaeologists say they have found the buried remains of a mysterious prehistoric monument close to Britain's famous Stonehenge heritage site.

    Up to 90 standing stones, some originally measuring 4.5 metres and dating back some 4,500 years, may have been buried for millennia under a bank of earth, they said.

    The discovery was made at Durrington Walls — a so-called "superhenge" located less than three kilometres from Stonehenge — thanks to high-tech sensors.

    The site may have been used in neolithic times for rituals or as some kind of arena.

    "Durrington Walls is an immense monument and up until this point we thought it was merely a large bank and ditched enclosure, but underneath that massive monument is another monument," Vincent Gaffney, of the University of Bradford, told the BBC.

    Read more Stonehenge archaeologists discover 'superhenge' neolithic site buried underground - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  2. harpazo22

    harpazo22 Member

    Wow that's incredible! I love learning about our true history.
  3. Steve Dawson

    Steve Dawson Member

    I grew up near Stonehenge and the entire area is riddled with hundreds of neolithic sites. The whole of the country of Wiltshire has a remarkable number of stone circles, henges and neolithic burial sites, known as 'long-barrows'. In part the survival of many of these monuments has been due to the high chalk content of the ground in the area. For anyone who is interested in this type of thing, don't visit Stonehenge without at least visiting the nearby Avebury stone-circle, the iconic Silbury Hill and the little-known but very impressive West Kennett Long-barrow. They're all within about 2 miles of each other and with the exception of pagan events on solstices and equinoxes, they are generally free from crowds of tourists.

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