Stonehenge: the gift that keeps on giving

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Already a spectacular prehistoric monument, Stonehenge is an archaeological gift that keeps on giving. After a series of remote-sensing surveys, it has recently become apparent that the current circle of iconic stones used to stand in the shadow of a row of stones that were up to 5 times larger. 

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Now named ‘Superhenge’, these stones are presently buried beneath thick earthen banks in Durrington Walls. Thought to have been standing over 4000 years ago, this newly discovered row has been overshadowed by the stones they used to dwarf. The find makes Stonehenge one of the largest stone monuments in Europe and suggests its previously understood history may have to be re-written.

Woodhenge and Durrington Walls

The site where the Superhenge lies.

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Words by Flora Hackett