The discovery of a larger version of Stonehenge was discovered by scientists one mile away from the original Stonehenge. They have been named as ‘Superhenge’ otherwise called as the Durrington Walls include as many as 90 large stones. Built about 4,500 years ago, the stones lined an arena that was probably used for religious ceremonies or solstice rituals.Using ground-penetrating radar on Salisbury Plain, scientists been found the stones lying on their sides and buried under three feet of earth.Some of the stones are nearly 15ft and were originally placed along the south-eastern edge of the circular enclosure that measured nearly a mile wide – making it the largest earthwork of its kind in the country.
Professor Vince Gaffney, from the University of Bradford, said the “truly remarkable” find is the most important to emerge so far from the Hidden Landscapes Project which is mapping previously unknown archaeological features buried in the Wiltshire countryside.Mr Gaffney, who is one of those leading the project, said: “We’re looking at one of the largest stone monuments in Europe and it has been under our noses for something like 4,000 years. We don’t think there’s anything quite like this anywhere else in the world. This is completely new and the scale is extraordinary.”He said that such monuments were designed to “impress and impose” and “to give the idea of authority to the living and the dead”.
It has been informed by Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust archaeologist for the Avebury and Stonehenge World Heritage Site that these new results have given rise to astounding proof of what lies beneath the ancient earthworks at Durrington Walls. This sure looks like a new beginning of what needs to be discovered further of what appear to be stones, surrounding the site of one of the largest Neolithic settlements in Europe.
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