A new prehistoric monument which threatens to dwarf Stonehenge in stature has been unearthed less than two miles away from the most famous stone circle of them all.
At five times the size of Stonehenge, the unexpected find, dubbed “Superhenge” could be the biggest intact prehistoric monument ever to be erected in Britain.
The discovery of the new Stonehenge has seen hordes of reserved archaeologists frothing at the mouth in a wild-eyed joy at a find which would make even Indiana Jones raise a solitary eyebrow in mild curiosity.
Superhenge, or Stonehenge II, has been billed as an “extraordinary” discovery and was found three feet beneath the ground at a site near Stonehenge in Durrington Wells.
Superhenge consists of 90 stones measuring up to 14ft, and the lofty rocks were thought to have been put into place some 4,500 years ago.
The sensational stones were tumbled across merely by chance by a group of archeologists who described their find as “fantastically lucky.”
Stonehenge’s shy sister was discovered when the Stonehenge Living Landscapes team picked it up on their ground-penetrating radar equipment
Weighing in at 90 stones, Superhenge is undoubtably big, but it could get bigger still, with more of the prehistorical monument to earnest endeavor thought to be still buried beneath the soil
The sitting stones, which were previously standing, obviously had a purpose in the beady eyes of primitive man, but what exactly Superhenge was used for has still to be ascertained. Early thoughts suggest it was some kind of ritual arena, which may or may not have involved a fair amount of carnage and slaughter in the form of human sacrifice.
Nick Snashall, a National Trust archaeologist for the Avebury and Stonehenge world heritage site explained to The Guardian that Superhenge adds another chapter to the Stonehenge story.
“These latest results have produced tantalising evidence of what lies beneath the ancient earthworks at Durrington Walls. The presence of what appear to be stones, surrounding the site of one of the largest Neolithic settlements in Europe, adds a whole new chapter to the Stonehenge story.”
Professor Vince Gaffney added enthusiastically that the site was akin to “archaeology on steroids.”
“We’re looking at one of the largest stone monuments in Europe and it has been under our noses for something like 4,000 years.
“We don’t think there’s anything quite like this anywhere else in the world. This is completely new and the scale is extraordinary.”
One thing’s for sure. These rocks are on a roll.
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