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Archaeologists will find a fountain ring around Stonehenge

June 26, 2020

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British archaeologists discovered a huge circle of prehistoric fountains last Monday, June 22 near the monument Stonehenge, in the County of Witshire, England.

Archaeologists will find a fountain ring around StonehengeArchaeologists will find a fountain ring around Stonehenge

This construction is about three kilometers from Stonehenge and surroundings Durrington walls, a Neolithic settlement that was probably built around the time the wells were dug.

The discovery of this new circular structure, over two kilometers in diameter and up to five meters deep and ten meters wide, was announced in a statement on the website of the Scottish University of St Andrews.

“Sediment fillings contain a rich and fascinating archive of previously unknown environmental information. With optically stimulated luminescence profiles and data, we can write detailed reports on the Stonehenge landscape of the past 4,000 years,” he said. Tim Kinnairdwho is currently working at School of Earth and Environmental Sciences the University.

According to archaeologists, the fountains served to delimit a sacred area. This is due to the fact that it is a structure that is in the Neolithic, a time marked by the construction of large ritual monuments.

They also mention that this prehistoric structure, whose shape resembles that of a ring, it is as big as anyone in the UK, Aspect that makes it unique.

It should be mentioned that unlike other archaeological discoveries for this finding No excavation necessarybecause the remote sensing and sampling technology used by scientists led to unexpected results.

“See what is not seen! Using a multidisciplinary effort with remote sensing and careful sampling again gives us an idea of ​​the past that shows an even more complex society than we can imagine. Demanding practices show that people were so attuned to natural events that we can hardly imagine it in the modern world in which we live today, “added Dr. Richard Bates, who also works for the School of Science in the USA works land and environment in St. Andrews.

Likewise, Vincent Gaffey, who was responsible for the investigation, mentioned that it a Magnetometer, radar and LiDAR technology, which consists of a 3D laser scanner that can penetrate up to 12.5 kilometers underground.

On the other hand, the researchers point out that the structure found shows that it was carefully planned to include another prehistoric monument within the border: The Larkhill Dam Link.

He Dr. Nick Snashall, Archaeologist of National trust, He added that the recent discovery is a great help to learn about the lifestyle and beliefs of our Neolithic ancestors.

“The Hidden Landscapes team has combined cutting-edge archaeological field research with old-fashioned detective work to reveal this extraordinary discovery and write a whole new chapter in the history of the Stonehenge landscape,” he said.

The structure found shows that it was carefully planned to include another prehistoric monument within the border / Image: Ankit Sood via Unsplash

Stonehenge is an ancient megalithic structure where the stones are given a magical touch every year between June 21st and 23rd, and the district’s residents and tourists greet the summer.

This monument explains Heritage of humanity from Unesco, has more than five thousand years old and it was characterized by the archaeological discoveries that were made around it.

Research on the “Ring of fountains” was carried out by a consortium of archaeologists for that Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, whose goal is to use a number of innovative and fast techniques that can be used to monitor the development of the site over time.

In addition to St. Andrews University, other institutions participated, including the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archeology, the Universities of Birmingham, Warwick, Wales Trinity Saint David and the Center for Environmental Research at Scottish universities.