Researchers in the United Kingdom claim they have made an incredible archaeological finding, possibly one of the most significant in Britain’s history. They’ve uncovered a massive stone monument, more than 4,500 years old, which is part of a “super-henge” that is 12 times larger than the famous Stonehenge.
This map shows the distribution of new monument discoveries.
This discovery, found about 2 miles from Stonehenge, consists of 90 stones buried under the site. It is the largest Neolithic monument in Britain. Some of the stones are buried as far as 3 feet down.
“This discovery of a major new stone monument, which has been preserved to a remarkable extent, has significant implications for our understanding of Stonehenge and its landscape setting,” said Professor Vincent Gaffney of the University of Bradford, who co-led the research, in a statement.
“Not only does this new evidence demonstrate a completely unexpected phase of monumental architecture at one of the greatest ceremonial sites in prehistoric Europe, the new stone row could well be contemporary with the famous Stonehenge sarsen circle or even earlier.”
The monument was discovered as part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, a 5-year-long project to investigate the area.
“We don’t think there’s anything quite like this anywhere else in the world,” Gaffney told BBC News. “This is completely new and the scale is extraordinary.”