New research has revealed that Stonehenge was a settlement up to 3,000 years before it was built.
Archaeologists digging near to the neolithic stone circle in Wiltshire, England have uncovered evidence to suggest that the area had been occupied 7,500 years ago. While settlements in the region were only semi-permanent, the area would have likely been a hotspot of activity over the centuries.
"The whole landscape is full of prehistoric monuments and it is extraordinary in a way that this has been such a blind spot for so long archaeologically," said archaeologist David Jacques. "Here we are in this little nook at the bottom of a hill with a river running round it and it probably had more people coming to it in the Mesolithic period than it's had people coming ever since."
"An excavation funded with redundancy money shows Stonehenge was a settlement 3,000 years before it was built."
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