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Neolithic Monument Discovered Near the Stonehenge

By Charissa Echavez | Sep 10, 2015 07:24 PM EDT

What mystery could still be added to the Stonehenge? It is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England and was described as a ring of standing stones within earthworks. Recently, researchers have discovered a new monument near the Stonehenge that is also believed from the same Neolithic period and Bronze Age.

The Stonehenge has been around for thousands of years and has been a staple reminder of the mystery culture our ancestors had. One of the wonders of the world and the best know prehistoric monument in Europe, it is a perfect example of the Neolithic period.  The Neolithic Period or New Stone Age was the cultural evolution of development by the use of stone tools.

The Stonehenge was believed to be built around 3000 BC to 2000 BC and through an archeological evidence found by Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008 it could have been a burial ground as cremated remain and human bones were found dating 3000 BC.

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This recent discovery  of the monument near the Stonehenge would give us more insight on what really happened that time. The monument was believed to have been built around 4500 years ago. The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Projects used radar technology that found the evidence consisting 90 monoliths three feet underground near the Durrington Walls about two miles from the Stonehenge site.

Even though none of the stones was excavated, due to it being hidden for millennia already, it was measured that some stones would have stood up to 4.5 meters before being toppled over by Neolithic builders themselves. The research team used "non-invasive geophysical prospection and remote sensing technologies" to see the stones underground. It could peer underground, equipped with penetrating radar, electromagnetic induction, magnetometer, electrical resistance mapping and lasers. This discovery could be the break through the mystery of the Stonehenge was waiting.

"We're looking at one of the largest stone monuments in Europe and it has been under our noses for something like 4,000 years. It's truly remarkable. We don't think there's anything quite like this anywhere else in the world. This is completely new and the scale is extraordinary." said Professor Vince Gaffney from University of Bradford and one of the archeologists of the research team. 

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