A massive underground monument which dates from the time of Stonehenge has been discovered hidden under the bank of a nearby stone-age enclosure researchers with the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project announced Monday. The monument was found using remote sensing technologies near the Durrington Walls, which is about two miles from Stonehenge.
“This discovery has significant implications for our understanding of Stonehenge and its landscape setting,” University of Bradford professor Vince Gaffney told the Associated Press.
“Not only does this new evidence demonstrate a completely unexpected phase of monumental architecture at one of the greatest ceremonial sites in prehistoric Europe, the new stone row could well be contemporary with the famous Stonehenge sarsen circle or even earlier,” he added.
“The discovery changes researchers’ understanding of Stonehenge and its surroundings,” said Paul Garwood, a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham and the principal prehistorian on the project.
“Everything written previously about the Stonehenge landscape and the ancient monuments within it will need to be re-written,” he concluded.
Researchers did not reveal when they plan to start excavation to unearth the stones.