‘Unheard of’ finding at Avebury Neolithic monumentPosted on 10th July 2017
A new discovery at the historic Avebury monument in Wiltshire has been hailed as ‘unheard of’ by archaeological experts.
Recent research by the universities of Leicester and Southampton has revealed that a formation of stones first uncovered 80 years ago by archaeologist Alexander Keiller is in fact part of a ‘stone square circle’, which is now believed to be among the earliest parts of the whole site.
Discussing the findings, Dr Mark Gillings told reporters that not in his ‘wildest dreams’ had he expected his team to make such a significant discovery, with his colleague Dr Joshua Pollard explaining that ‘square megalithic settings of this scale and complexity are unheard of’.
The archaeologists in charge of the project believe that the square may have been constructed to commemorate the ancestral home of Avebury’s first residents, and may indeed explain the purpose of the entire monument.
Officially designated as a World Heritage Site, Avebury has long fascinated historians, with amateurs and professionals alike flocking to holiday accommodation in Wiltshire to visit both this ancient monument and the iconic Stonehenge, which sits less than 20 miles away. With the confirmation of this latest discovery, interest in the area will now surely only increase.
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