publication . Article . 2016

Stonehenge's Avenue and ‘Bluestonehenge’

Michael J. Allen; Ben Chan; Ros Cleal; Charles French; Peter Marshall; Joshua Pollard; Rebecca Pullen; Colin Richards; Clive Ruggles; David Wayne Robinson; ...
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  • Published: 01 Aug 2016 Journal: Antiquity, volume 90, pages 991-1,008 (issn: 0003-598X, eissn: 1745-1744, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Antiquity Publications
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
© Copyright Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2016. Stonehenge is a site that continues to yield surprises. Excavation in 2009 added a new and unexpected feature: a smaller, dismantled stone circle on the banks of the River Avon, connected to Stonehenge itself by the Avenue. This new structure has been labelled 'Bluestonehenge' from the evidence that it once held a circle of bluestones that were later removed to Stonehenge. Investigation of the Avenue closer to Stonehenge revealed deep periglacial fissures within it. Their alignment on Stonehenge's solstitial axis (midwinter sunset-midsummer sunrise) raises questions about the early origins of this ritual landscape.
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free text keywords: Archaeology, General Arts and Humanities, V400, Archaeology, Bronze Age, History, Excavation, Stone circle
Communities
Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage
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