Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England.
Stonehenge, Wiltshire, England. Image: garethwiscombe Wikimedia

Vast neolithic circle of deep shafts found near Stonehenge

A vast circle of deep shafts have been excavated near the stonehenge which are being dubbed the biggest prehistoric structure found in Britain.

4500 years neolithic people constructed the Stonehenge, a masterpiece of engineering and dug shafts aligned to form a circle spanning 2 km in diameter. The structure appears to have functioned as a boundary guiding people to a sacred area because Durrington Walls, one of Britain’s largest henge monuments, is located precisely at its centre.

“The size of the shafts and circuit surrounding Durrington Walls is currently unique. It demonstrates the significance of Durrington Walls Henge, the complexity of the monumental structures within the Stonehenge landscape, and the capacity and desire of Neolithic communities to record their cosmological belief systems in ways, and at a scale, that we had never previously anticipated.” says Prof Vincent Gaffney.

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