England’s first prehistoric stone ‘circles’ may have been square
One of Britain’s most famous prehistoric monuments - Avebury in Wiltshire – may be substantially more ancient than previously thought.
Investigations within the UNESCO World Heritage designated stone circle - the largest in Britain - have revealed a hitherto unknown, and probably very early, series of ancient standing stones, are arranged, not as a circle, but as a 30 metre by 30 metre square.
It is believed to be the first prehistoric “stone square” ever discovered – in Britain or continental Europe. It is conceivable that the newly discovered monument, which would have originally consisted of around 17 standing stones, was built up to a thousand years before both Stonehenge’s and Avebury’s surviving stone circles. Read more.