(ORDO NEWS) — Some time ago, regular archaeological excavations were carried out near Stonehenge. The experts managed to discover a huge number of ancient pits, which completely changed the idea of the landscape that had previously developed among scientists.
The size of the largest pit was 4 meters, and the depth reached 2 meters. The peculiarity of this pit was that it is the most ancient trace of human activity that could only be found on the Salisbury Plain.
Employees of the Birmingham and Ghent universities noted that the pit is about 10 thousand years old. It was excavated in the early Mesolithic or the Middle Stone Age.
At that time, hunter-gatherers who came here after the end of the last ice age lived in Britain. This may also indicate that several millennia before the installation of the first stones at Stonehenge, this area already played some special role in the life of ancient people.
To date, 6 large pits have been excavated. They were left in the period from 8000 to 1300 BC. Mesolithic pits were dug to catch fairly large game and acted as a trap.
This is indicated by their shape and size. Then the mapping of the discovered holes was carried out. They are located in those places that have been visited most often for many millennia.
Experts noted that the development of the landscape in this area took place gradually. It all started with hunters and gatherers living in the early Holocene.
Then, over time, owners of farms and even field systems began to appear, who lived in this region in the late Bronze Age.
Proof of this are numerous archaeological finds. The results of the excavations will allow you to learn more about how important the location of Stonehenge was in ancient times.
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