A Student of History

January 30, 2007

Ancient Town Found Near Stonehenge

Filed under: Historic Places — John Maass @ 11:53 pm

This has splashed across every major newspaper and website but it is a cool discovery nonetheless.  The link I have here is to Time‘s coverage of it.  I went to Stonehenge in 1997, and loved it.  I was there in late May so the summer tourist crunch was not a problem.  One cannot walk right up to the stones anymore (nor could we in ’97) but you can get close enough by far.

Archaeologists have uncovered what may have been a village for workers or festival-goers near the mysterious stone circle Stonehenge in England. The village was located at Durrington Walls, about two miles from Stonehenge, and is also the location of a wooden version of the stone circle.

Eight houses have been excavated and the researchers believe there were at least 25 of them, archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson said Tuesday at a briefing held by the National Geographic Society.

The village was carbon dated to about 2600 B.C., about the same time Stonehenge was built. 

The small wooden houses had a central hearth, he said, and are almost identical to stone houses built at about the same time in the Orkney Islands.

The researchers speculated that Durrington Walls was a place for the living and Stonehenge — where several cremated remains have been found — was a cemetery and memorial. Both are connected to the Avon River by paths they called avenues.

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  1. The WordPress community who are interested in Stonehenge may like to see:

    Comment by sarsen56 — April 19, 2008 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

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