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Durrington Walls, Amesbury

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Durrington Walls is the site of a large Neolithic settlement and later henge enclosure located in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. It lies north-east of Stonehenge in the parish of Durrington, just north of Amesbury.Between 2004 and 2006, excavations on the site by a team led by the University of Sheffield revealed seven houses. It has been suggested that the settlement may have originally had up to 1000 houses and perhaps 4,000 people, if the entire enclosed area was used. The period of settlement was probably short, between 15 to 45 years starting sometime between 2525 and 2470 BC.It may have been the largest village in northern Europe for a brief period. At in diameter, the henge is the largest in Britain and recent evidence suggests that it was a complementary monument to Stonehenge.In 2015, discovery of another monument, consisting of up to 90 standing stones buried under Durrington Walls, was announced.EtymologyThe name comes from the civil parish in which the site is located – Durrington, meaning "the farm of doers people", and the large henge banks that surround it. The "Dur" prefix is commonly found in this region of England; the Durotriges Celtic tribe inhabited this area before their defeat by the Romans in the mid first-century A.D. Also, Dorchester was originally Durnovaria, and smaller cities and locations are found in this region.
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  • Durrington Walls is a hidden gem. You need to do some research before your visit as it's not obvious. Best to park at Woodhenge.  more »
  • Asked my colleagues what the walls were about and they explained so it gave me the chance to go and explore, was interesting place and views  more »
  • It is on a truly large scale, and definitely a wo moment when you look across the bowl with earthworks around the top edge of it. Its right next to Woodhenge and the Cuckoo stone is in the field nearb...  more »
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  • Settlement found near woodhenge.
  • Remains Of Prehistoric Monument Discovered Near Stonehenge - Sept. 07, 2015 "Everything written previously about the Stonehenge landscape and the ancient monuments within it will need to be re-written." Archaeologists announced Monday that they've discovered the remains of another prehistoric stone monument less than two miles from Stonehenge, and it's completely reshaping how researchers understand the history of the area. The arrangement, believed to be about 4,500 years old, was revealed by the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project on the first day of the British Science Festival at the University of Bradford. It is composed of about 30 intact stones and 60 fragments of possible stones buried three feet beneath the southwestern Durrington Walls "super-henge" and though to be a Neolithic ritual site. The stones, some of which stand up to 14 feet high, appear as if they were once lined up to form a C-shaped "arena" surrounding a valley and springs leading to the River Avon. None have been excavated, and they were found using "non-invasive geophysical prospection and remote sensing technologies," a press release from the project said. The archaeologists believe this new discovery could predate Stonehenge and presents the possibility that monumental architecture was happening in the area earlier than previously thought. It may also be the largest Neolithic site yet discovered. “What we are starting to see is the largest surviving stone monument, preserved underneath a bank, that has ever been discovered in Britain and possibly in Europe,” Vince Gaffney, who leads the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape project, told The Guardian. “This is archaeology on steroids.”
  • One of the places where our ancestors, from the upper Neolithic, thanked the fertility, in all its forms.
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