The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) have released video footage of the new Henge discovery near Stonehenge on YouTube
Discovered less than a mile away from the famous Megaliths by archaeologists working for a consortium of five universities, the site has been dubbed the ‘Second Stonehenge’, or ‘Blue Stonehenge’ after the Welsh blue stones believed to have been used to build it.
The stones were removed thousands of years ago but the sizes of the holes in which they stood indicate that this was also a circle of bluestones, brought from the Preseli Mountains of Wales, 150 miles away.
In the film, which was filmed in September 2009 on the site in Wiltshire, Mike Parker Pearson from the University of Sheffield posits the theory that the circle “wasn’t built so much for rituals” but could be a “monument to memorialise something and could have the same role as something like the Cenotaph.”
The video also shows footage of a geophysical survey taking place a quarter of a mile North of Stonehenge as well as footage of Stonehenge itself.
Mike concludes, “Excavations in August-September 2009 by the AHRC-funded Stonehenge Riverside Project uncovered nine stone holes, part of a circle of probably 25 standing stones.”
The discovery is part of the Stonehenge Riverside Project, funded by the AHRC. A full report of its findings will be published in February 2010.
Watch the film below. Courtesy AHRC