View Full Version : Stonehenge researchers 'may have found largest neolithic site'

Jean M
09-07-2015, 11:17 AM

Stone monoliths found buried near Stonehenge could have been part of the largest neolithic monument built in Britain, archaeologists believe. The 4,500-year-old stones, some measuring 15ft (4.5m) in length, were discovered under 3ft of earth at Durrington Walls "superhenge". The monument was on "an extraordinary scale" and unique, researchers said.

The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes team has been creating an underground map of the area in a five-year project. Remote sensing and geophysical imaging technology has been used to reveal evidence of nearly 100 stones without the need for excavation.

The monument is just under two miles (3km) from Stonehenge, Wiltshire, and is thought to have been a ritual site. Experts think it may have surrounded traces of springs and a dry valley leading into the River Avon.

09-07-2015, 05:31 PM
Can't wait to see the Spinal Tap video!

09-08-2015, 05:35 PM

Jean here is my story connected with this story.

Yesterday my 5 years old grand daughter was working a wooden puzzle of the map of the United States. She had taken a bunch of the puzzle pieces and set them up on end, in a circle. I said, "That looks like Stonehenge." She said, "What's Stonehenge?" So I pulled out some books and showed her some photos but they did not show the scale so we went online and found some with people in it. She said, "Those are huge." Then we talked about where the stones had come from in Wales, how far it was from where they are now and how long ago it was built....

Then later, on the news, she says "Nona, look Stonehenge." It was the discovery of the new buried stones north of Stonehenge and Durrington Walls. She was so excited.


So we may have another budding citizen scientist or scientist in the making... Just love to get them interested early and what serendipity! :-)

Jean M
09-08-2015, 06:11 PM
Jean here is my story connected with this story.

Love your story. :)