Exciting times ahead for historians and archaeologists with the news that hidden remains of an extraordinary Neolithic monument of unique significance in the world have been discovered buried beneath the ground a mile from Stonehenge.
Over 4,500 years ago, a minimum of 90 massive stone monoliths were placed to line a spectacular gathering place that could well have used for solstice rituals or religious rites.
The stones have now been found lying on their sides and three feet deep in the earth, but have remained undiscovered; until archaeologists working with ground-penetrating radar visited the area and probed around the famous stone circle located on Salisbury Plain.
The new discovery has been hailed as the most important find to emerge from the current on-going Hidden Landscapes project, so far. Experts have been using state-of-the-art technology as means to map “invisible” archaeological features embedded in the local countryside.
The previously unfound stones, some of which have come in measuring at almost 15ft long, were placed along the south-eastern edge of what later became known as the Durrington Walls “superhenge”. Superhenge is a circular enclosure ringed with a ditch and bank measuring at mile across, making it the largest earthwork of its kind in the whole of the United Kingdom.
Specialists are thought to believe that the stones were not initially part of the henge, instead were deliberately toppled prior to being incorporated into it.
Some 90 stones have been found up to now, and it’s perfectly feasible that there could be more. The material they are made from is not yet known, although they could be comparable to the giant sandstone of the famous Stonehenge stones.
Experts have also stated that they think the pushing over of the stones was not an act of vandalism, instead it is thought it was a deliberate attempt to preserve whatever it was about the stones that seemed so significant.
Why not enjoy a day trip from our Glastonbury glamping abodes to Stonehenge to see a slice of the history and goings on for yourself?