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From the People Who Brought You Stonehenge

Posted on Jan 30, 2007
Stonehenge excavation

The excavation of Late Stone Age houses at Durrington Walls.

Archeologists have discovered a huge ancient settlement that was used by the people who made Stonehenge. The complex, near the iconic rock pile, may have once contained as many as 100 houses.


People seem to have occupied the sites seasonally, using them for ritual feasting and funeral ceremonies.

In ancient times, this settlement would have housed hundreds of people, making it the largest Neolithic village ever found in Britain.

The dwellings date back to 2,600-2,500 BC - according to the researchers, the same period that Stonehenge was built.

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By Paull Young, April 1, 2008 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment
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I do some work with the Smithsonian Channel, who are filming a documentary with the BBC at the excavation.

If you’re interested, you can find a whole bunch of information and videos about the dig here:

Plus, the EVP of the Smithsonian Channel is live blogging from Stonehenge (plus photos and video) at this link:

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By Paul, January 30, 2007 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment
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After visiting the Stonehenge complex I was awe struck at the scale of the grounds around the actual Stone circles (yes it is plural, a close group of rings) my guess is a quarter mile or more in all directions, cleared, smoothed, pasture land. Truly a must see if you are ever lucky enough to find yourself in the southwestern side of England. There exists numerous examples in the immediate area.

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By Quy Tran, January 30, 2007 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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I would like to buy one piece for Bush/Cheney dynasty and their servants so they could have a place for their ritual feasting and funeral ceremonies.

O’Reilly and Limbaugh will have their contributions.

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By Terry Sloth, January 30, 2007 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment
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Remains of pig bones found on the site emphasize the theory of religious rituals, and in 3000 years what will be left of Western Civilization for archeologist to analyze?

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