‘Superhenge’ Site Larger Than Stonehenge Discovered

The C-Shaped Structure of Durrington Walls where the new monoliths were found, just minutes from the original 'Stonehenge'.

The C-Shaped Structure of Durrington Walls where the new monoliths were found, just minutes from the original ‘Stonehenge’. (Ludwig Boltzmann Institute)

‘Superhenge’ Site Larger Than Stonehenge Discovered

(Wiltshire, UK)

While some think of Stonehenge as a singular sight to behold, on a trek through the British countryside, stumbling across a standing stone is almost as common as finding an ancient castle forgotten by history and reclaimed by Mother Earth. Walk for a few minutes in any direction, and you’re sure to see remnants of the distant past.

Though today, scientists have discovered something quite different which could shed light on our understanding of the cultures predating even the most modern of myths and legends regarding neolithic cultures predating these Roman and Medieval civilizations—perhaps even the ever-famous ‘Stonehenge’ as we know, itself.

Over the course of a five year project mapping the earth beneath Stonehenge, researchers have made a discovery of epic proportions: an even larger set of ancient standing stones. This discovery, dubbed ‘Superhenge’ and was found to be resting under three feet of dirt on the Wiltshire countryside less than two miles from the popular Stonehenge site in Britain. The stones, located at a site called the Durrington Wall, are estimated to be approximately 15 ft. tall and eclipse the size estimated of the original Stonehenge site. So far, over a hundred stones have been found using geophysical imaging technology. To put this into perspective, ‘Stonehenge’ is comprised of 15 large Sarsen standing stones, forming the five Trilithons as we see today. While scientists estimate that the henge contained an outer ring which might have brought the total number of stones up to 75, the vastness of Superhenge at the Durrington Wall site could be 12 times that of the Stonehenge we know. Both henges are allegedly built upon the summer solstice alignment and could have formed an even larger cooperative ceremonial complex.

That’s not all. Researchers have also discovered significant evidence that the river Avon, the same river that still flows by the Stratford township where William Shakespeare wrote his famous plays, may have once led up to both sites!

Watch:

What went on in Wiltshire nearly 5,000 years ago?

What do you think of this monolithic discovery?

Join us in the discussion! Comment, Share on Facebook, and Join us on Twitter, hashtag #DMTalk!

 

Staff Writer

Leo Ashcraft

A retired broadcast engineer, talk show host, news reporter - I have done everything there is to do in the radio broadcast business. I worked a year in television. I left that as my true passion has always been radio - plus I got tired of hearing - you have a face for radio.. I hope you enjoy my articles! Be sure to share them excessively on facebook - like our page and bug your friends with invites!

You may also like...

Leave a Reply