A recent search has lead to the discovery of an enormous line of megalithic stones approximately two miles from a renowned prehistoric site. British researchers found the row of about 90 megalithic stones buried under the super-henge of Durrington Walls earth works. This site is located about a mile from the famous Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England.
High resolution radar with impressive ground penetration capabilities indicated a surviving line of 90 standing stones. This radar equipment was used to reach the stones that were approximately 3 feet underground. This finding has since been considered a ritual monument of a kind.
This discovery is one of Europe’s largest stone monuments and has remained hidden for about 4000 years. The extraordinary finding was announced at the commencement of British Science Festival in Bradford as one of the most remarkable discoveries of Neolithic Britain. Durrington is also referred to as superhenge. Superhenge was built before Stonehenge about 3,500 years back. Stonehenge has been shrouded in mysteries for centuries.
According to The Irish Times the monoliths are composed of sandstone blocks standing approximately 15 feet tall. Reporting right from the Science Festival, The Irish Times explained that the sand stone blocks were previously used at Stonehenge to form an upright circle and heelstone. Studies indicated that the horizontally lying rocks may have been pushed and completely covered with earth. According to Professor Gaffney this discovery exhibits an unexpected phase of monumental architecture in a ceremonial site of Europe’s history. The stone row may be contemporary with the renowned Stonehenge sarsen circle.
The researchers came across the discovery while working on a project that brings about better understanding of the Stonehenge area referred to as Hidden Landscape project. This science festival is hosted by University of Bradford. Scientists from University of Bradford and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection have through technology been able to discover this historic architecture.
The line of megalithic stones depicted the southern side of a c-shaped ritual enclosure. The construction faced River Avon while the other parts were made of a natural elevation that is artificially scarped. A reconstruction diverted the c-shaped monument into one that was circular which is now commonly referred to as Durrington Walls.
Being at least 12 times bigger than the size of Stonehenge, it is Britain’s biggest pre-historic henge. The Durrington Walls have a diameter of about 1,640 feet, surrounded by a 54ft wide ditch and a three foot bank. It is on a summer solstice alignment that is similar to Stonehenge the designs of which not only empower but also impress. The Eastern side has about 30 stones with a size of 4.5 x 1.5 x 1 metres beneath the bank. On other side the stones have been fragmented or represented by huge foundation pits.
Although the stones have not been excavated, scientists suggest that they will be similar to sandstones used in building Stonehenge.
These findings are accurate in detail, novelty and scale that cannot be ignored. Former understanding of ancient monuments and Stonehenge landscape may definitely need to be reviewed. These new findings will significantly influence the former understanding of Stonehenge and surrounding area.