New Monument Unearthed at Stonehenge

BIRMINGHAM, England, July 22 (UPI) — A new “henge,” or ceremonial circle, has been unearthed at Britain’s Stonehenge in what archaeologists are calling the most exciting find there in 50 years.

A circular ditch surrounding a small circle of deep pits archaeologists believe held timber posts was unearthed about a half mile from the famous stone circle at the site, BBC News reported.

“When you see that as an archaeologist, you just looked at it and thought, ‘that’s a henge monument’ — it’s a timber equivalent to Stonehenge,” Professor Vince Gaffney of the University of Birmingham said.

“This is probably the first major ceremonial monument that has been found in the past 50 years or so,” he said.

Why the 4,500-year-old Stonehenge was built will be debated and studies for years, but most experts believe it was a cemetery for 500 years, from the point of its inception, the BBC said.

The current excavations, the first at the site in almost 50 years, began in 2008, assisted by the National Trust and English Heritage.

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