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Giant timber circle found next to Stonehenge

By T.K. Randall
August 15, 2016 · Comment icon 5 comments

The site was only two miles northeast of Stonehenge. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 Jeffrey Pfau
Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of a huge circle of timber posts just two miles from Stonehenge.
Discovered at the nearby archaeological complex of Durrington Walls, this impressive Neolithic structure would have consisted of up to 300 7-meter posts arranged in a 500-meter wide circle.

Despite the amount of time and resources that must have gone in to building it however there is strong evidence to suggest that this prehistoric monument was never actually completed.

Archaeologists excavating the site discovered that the timber posts had been deliberately removed from the ground and that someone had filled in all the holes with blocks of chalk.
The answer to this mystery is believed to lie in a period of significant religious and political upheaval that occurred somewhere around 2460BC - the same time period during which Stonehenge was being transformed from a much larger structure in to the more familiar stone circle we see today.

Other well known Neolithic structures such as the Averbury standing stones and Silbury Hill - the largest artificial mound in Europe - were also thought to have been built around this time.

"The new discoveries at Durrington Walls reveal the previously unsuspected complexity of events in the area during the period when Stonehenge's largest stones were being erected - and show just how politically and ideologically dynamic British society was at that particularly crucial stage in prehistory," said senior National Trust archaeologist Dr Nick Snashall.

Source: Science Alert | Comments (5)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye 8 years ago
Now ... a little DNA testing to verify which of those trees came from which Sacred Groves ...
Comment icon #2 Posted by drewiduk 8 years ago
There is a 'woodhenge' about a mile away. These structures were probably more common than evidence suggests due to timber decaying. My view is that they were like village halls, but hey i'm no archaeologist.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Codenwarra 8 years ago
Two hours of woo-woo free exposition starts with BBC Operation Stonehenge What Lies Beneath 1of2 HDTV on YouTube.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Child of Bast 8 years ago
Can't view it because the content is blocked in my country.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Gingitsune 8 years ago
Doesn'T work for me either. :/

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