Saturday 17 March 2018

Stonehenge's lost 'twin' is discovered

Steve Bird in London

A PREHISTORIC ceremonial monument has been discovered less than 1,000 yards from Stonehenge by archaeologists who describe the find as hugely significant.

Without turning a single sod of earth, the team from the University of Birmingham has found a circular ditch, which it is believed held a wooden "henge-like" structure in a field previously thought to have been of no significance. It was found two weeks into a three-year project using geophysical imaging techniques to map the area around the World Heritage Site.

Leaders of the international venture hailed the discovery of Stonehenge's lost "twin" yesterday.

Professor Vince Gaffney, from the University of Birmingham, said: "It will completely change the way we think about the landscape around Stonehenge. People have tended to think that as Stonehenge reached its peak, it was the paramount monument, existing in splendid isolation. This discovery is completely new and extremely important in how we understand Stonehenge and its landscape."

The international study forms part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project and was led by the University of Birmingham and the Austria-based Ludwig Boltzmann Institute. (© The Times, London)

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