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Post by Witness » Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:12 am

The Independent wrote:Remarkable ancient structure found just two miles from Stonehenge

Exclusive: Stonehenge had a close, wooden rival of gigantic proportions - that was cut down before completion and buried for thousands of years. Now, thanks to a long-awaited excavation, its story can be revealed for the first time

Remarkable new archaeological discoveries are beginning to suggest that Stonehenge was built at a time of particularly intense religious and political rivalry.

Just two miles north-east of the World Heritage site, at an important archaeological complex known as Durrington Walls, archaeologists have just discovered what appears to have been a vast 500-metre diameter circle of giant timber posts. The find is of international significance.
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However, the most significant revelation is the discovery that the newly identified timber circle complex was probably never fully completed – and that, just a few months or years after construction had started, there was a dramatic change in religious – and therefore almost certainly also political – direction. Work on the circle was stopped abruptly by around 2460BC – despite the fact that it was nearing completion. The 200-300 giant 6-7 metre long, 60-70 centimetre diameter timber posts were lifted vertically out of their 1.5 metre deep post holes – and were probably used to construct or expand other parts of the complex.
Details: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/scien ... 90476.html