‘Bluehenge’ the new Stonehenge, say researchers
(Couriermail/AU) A “NEW Stonehenge” uncovered near the original famous monument could be one of the most important prehistoric finds in decades, archaeologists say. Dubbed “Bluehenge”, the site was enearthed over the British summer and has been kept secret since. Researchers say it appears to have been constructed around the same time as Stoneghenge and the two may have been used in conjunction.
By staff writers
October 03, 2009 11:00pm
Made up of 27 stones, compared to 56 at Stonehenge, Bluehenge has been so-named due its use of blue Welsh stones, many of which were taken down to enlarge Stonehenge hundreds of years after the two first appeared.
“It’s no longer Stonehenge standling alone,” monument expert Professor Tim Darvill told the UK Daily Telegraph.
“It has to be seen in context with the landscape.”
Professor Darvill said it was likely more circles would be found.
None of the stones at Bluehenge remain, but chips found in the bottom of excavtaed holes suggest the stone was the same as that used at Stonehenge.
The circle was found at the end of a path connecting Stonehnge to the River Avon known as “The Avenue”.