Ritual Monument Discovered Near Britain's Stonehenge: Scientists

Archeologists in Britain have discovered the remains of a ritual monument near the Stonehenge site.

The hidden monument is about a mile from Stonehenge and contains at least 90 stone monoliths measuring close to 15 feet. The monoliths "lined" an arena forming what researchers are calling a “superhenge.”

The stones were placed around 4,500 years ago along the south-eastern edge of what later became the Durrington Walls — a large Neolithic settlement, researchers said.

“Those things are theatrical,” said Professor Gaffney, of Britain’s University of Bradford. “They are designed to impress and impose; to give the idea of authority to the living and the dead. It really does create a massive impression.”

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