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'Second Stonehenge' discovered in England

By T.K. Randall
September 10, 2014 · Comment icon 16 comments

Stonehenge itself silhoutted against the sun. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Jeffrey Pfau
A Neolithic site consisting of 50 large stone blocks has been found two miles north-east of Stonehenge.
The site, which is believed to have had significant spiritual and ritualistic significance, was discovered by archaeologists who used ground-penetrating radar to effectively 'X-ray' the area.

Several dozen huge stone blocks measuring up to 3m long and 1.5m across were found lying length-ways under the ground in a c-shaped line measuring 330m long. It is generally believed however that the stones may have once stood vertically upright.
Dating back to around 2500 BC, the stones are likely to have once formed a semi-circular enclosure facing the River Avon. The site was later reused to build what is known as the Durrington Walls, an even larger pre-historic henge that was 12 times the size of Stonehenge.

The research team, which consisted of investigators from Birmingham and Bradford universities as well as Vienna's Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, also uncovered evidence of up to 60 other pre-historic monuments in the region including standing stones, burial mounds and ritual pits.

Source: Independent | Comments (16)




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Comment icon #7 Posted by Capt. 10 years ago
While we are talking about "second stonehenges" there is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryhill_Stonehenge It and the nearby Maryhill Museum are worth the stop if you are in the area. The question is: "Who in the Sam Hill builds a stonehenge in Washington?"
Comment icon #8 Posted by Perceptivum 10 years ago
It would be hilarious if it was used as a toilet.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Dracona15 10 years ago
How many stone circles are there? I didn't know there were so many.
Comment icon #10 Posted by shrooma 10 years ago
How many stone circles are there? I didn't know there were so many. . hundreds Draconia, hundreds. there are five within walking distance of my house (and i live in LEEDS!), while Aberdeen has fifty all to itself. (another reason to vote 'no' next thursday!) .
Comment icon #11 Posted by Oppono Astos 10 years ago
Henges and stone circle are different entities
Comment icon #12 Posted by shrooma 10 years ago
Henges and stone circle are different entities . i know. which is why Stonehenge is a terrible name in every way. makes me wonder though, what the original builders called the site....? .
Comment icon #13 Posted by Codenwarra 10 years ago
I've been watching "Time Team" episodes on YouTube. There are places in the British Isles where you can hardly put a shovel in the ground without turning up medieval, Saxon, Roman, Iron age, Bronze age or even Neolithic remains, sometimes two or three of these at the same time. So many sites, so few field archaeologists (and such low pay for them as well). https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG6L225D2o0af7jdbnS2TxA
Comment icon #14 Posted by maryport 10 years ago
hope time team get involved , all these years that stonehenge as been examinged and only now somethings been found, well im pleased this 2nd henge has been found. i look forward to the big dig takes part
Comment icon #15 Posted by jmccr8 10 years ago
Apparently there is much more to Stonehenge than I thought. http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2014/new-survey-transforms-knowledge-of-stonehenge-landscape jmccr8
Comment icon #16 Posted by scorpiosonic 10 years ago
I didn't know there were so many either. WIKI states this, 'A stone circle is defined as a circular space, delimited by an uneven number of purposely erected standing stones.' BUT goes on to list several circles w/ an even number of stones.


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