Huge Neolithic Ring Discovered Near Stonehenge: NPR

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Thousands of people at sunrise at the summer solstice, standing among the old stones at Stonehenge, Salisbury, England. Archaelogists announced Monday the discovery of a ring of trees about 2 km away.

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Thousands of people at sunrise at the summer solstice, standing among the old stones at Stonehenge, Salisbury, England. Archaelogists announced Monday the discovery of a ring of trees about 2 km away.

Steve Parsons / AP

The mystery around Stonehenge continues to grow.

The latest revelation is the discovery of a ring of at least 20 prehistoric trees about 2 km from the famous Neolithic site of huge standing stones, according to an announcement from the University of Bradford.

Archaeologists say the “amazing” tree at Durrington walls dates back to 2,500 B.C. E., and forms a circle more than 2 km (1.2 miles) in diameter. Each can measure up to 10 meters (33 feet) in diameter and 5 meters (16 feet) deep.

Researchers say there may be more than 30 trees at a time.

“The area around Stonehenge is among the most studied archaeological landscapes on Earth and it is remarkable that the application of new technology can still lead to the discovery of such a prehistoric structure which, currently, is much more important than any comparative prehistoric monument we know in Britain, at least, “said Professor Vincent Gaffney of the University of Bradford.


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The research was conducted by a consortium of archaeologists as part of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project. The University of Bradford was the main institution, joined by Vienna Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospecting and Virtual Archeology; the Universities of Birmingham, St Andrews and Warwick, University of Wales, Trinity Saint Davids; and the Scottish Universities Center for Environmental Research at the University of Glasgow.

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