New 'superhenge' just the latest discovery at Stonehenge

For a 4500-year-old circle of standing rocks, Stonehenge is having a quite the moment recently.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge. Image by Qalinx / CC BY 2.0

Yesterday archaeologists announced they’d discovered a 100-monolith monument just two miles away from the ionic site, according to the BBC. Measuring as tall as 15 feet, the stones, from around the same time as Stonehenge, are three feet under ground at Durrington Walls’s superhenge.

In December 2014, researchers found a well-preserved Mesolithic encampment in Blick Mead, 1.5 miles from Stonehenge.  "All the monuments have a relationship with each other," David Jacques, Blick Mead’s project manager, told the BBC yesterday.

Also in December 2014, the British government announced a new tunnel would protect Stonehenge from traffic noise. (At least one researcher, however, is concerned that the tunnel could damage the recent discoveries—or relics not yet uncovered). And in September 2014 Stonehenge received a surprise visit from Barack Obama.

The monoliths at Durrington Walls were discovered via remote sensing and geophysical imaging technology rather than excavation. So there’s not yet anything new for travellers to experience—other than the recognition that the area’s historical significance is still growing.

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