April 22, 2013

Spring near Stonehenge occupied since Epipaleolithic

(CC by Jeffrey Pfau)
The spiritual relevance of Amesbury may well stem from a much older time than Neolithic or Chalcolithic. Recent research at a spring not far from Stonehenge has got radiocarbon dates of c. 7500 years ago, some three millennia before the building of the world-famous monument, and up to 4,700 BP, when the megalith was already in use.

The low budget research project led by David Jacques of Open University, who had spotted the site, known as Vespasian's Camp, just a mile north of Stonehenge, in air photos a decade ago. The site had never been researched before.

The findings imply some sort of continuity between the Epipaleolithic and Late Neolithic (i.e. Chalcolithic), although the details have yet to be systematized. 

Source: BBC News (includes video).

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