LONDON, Sept 7, 2015:
Archaeologists believe they have found the largest neolithic monument built in Britain after discovering nearly 100 stone monoliths buried near Stonehenge, reported BBC News.
The 4,500-year-old stones, some measuring 15ft (4.5m) in length, were discovered under 3ft of earth at Durrington Walls “superhenge”.
According to the BBC News report, 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 the stones without the need for excavation.
The monument is just under 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.
Although no stones have been excavated, they are believed to be fashioned from sarsen blocks found locally. A unique sarsen standing stone, The Cuckoo Stone, remains in the field next to Durrington Walls.
The stones are believed to have been deliberately toppled over the south-eastern edge of the bank of the circular enclosure before being incorporated into it, reports BBC News.
Lead researcher Vince Gaffney, of the University of Bradford, said: “We don’t think there’s anything quite like this anywhere else in the world. This is completely new and the scale is extraordinary.”
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