Stonehenge is one of the most popular prehistoric monuments we have on Earth today. The composition of these rocks has gained immense popularity in British territory and welcomes around one million tourists each year. Now, right next door, archaeologists have found a handful of wells that form a circle about two kilometers in diameter. And that only generates new questions.
Discovery, like many others in archeology, made possible by LiDAR technology. LiDAR enables laser analysis of the depths of the earth to find archaeological remains and structures without having to dig or damage the soil. We have already seen this technology applied in other discoveries such as recent ones in Mexico and Italy.
The largest prehistoric structure in England
Back on British soil, a team of archaeologists found 20 wells near Stonehenge. The wells are about five meters deep and about 10 meters wide. Where they are located, they form a partial concentric ring with a diameter of about two kilometers that surrounds the walls of Durrington. Durrington Walls is the settlement near Stonehenge and it is assumed that this is where the builders of Stonehenge lived.
This is not the first time that similar wells have been discovered near the settlements, however, no structure found before in England is so large. If we add to this the fact that there are indications that the wells have been maintained for hundreds of years, the question arises as to exactly what purpose and what use could have been given to them.
The question arises but not the answer, because so far you can only speculate on the purpose given to them. The discoverers they speculate that they were used for astronomy, somewhat similar to the rocks of Stonehenge. “On the archaeological level, some early accounts seem to have links with astronomical and, probably, cosmological cycles,” they comment in the published study.
Whatever the purpose, this discovery highlights how technology is evolving to help better discover and understand the past. On the other hand, it is clear that Stonehenge as such is just the tip of the iceberg in everything that hides the region and other prehistoric places discovered and yet to be discovered.
Source : Engadget