Stonehenge Restored

From the 1880 edition of Our Ancient Monuments And The Land Around Them by Charles Philip Kains-Jackson
 
 
Mark Prigg, writing in the MailOnline today, reports that –
 
Human beings were occupying Stonehenge thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to archaeologists.
 
Research at a site around a mile from Stonehenge has found evidence of a settlement dating back to 7500BC, 5,000 years earlier than previous findings confirmed. And carbon-dating of material at the site has revealed continuous occupation of the area between 7500BC and 4700BC, it is being revealed on BBC One’s The Flying Archaeologist tonight [not all regions*].
 
Dr Josh Pollard, from Southampton University and the Stonehenge Riverside Project, said he thought the team may have just hit the tip of the iceberg in terms of Mesolithic activity focused on the River Avon around Amesbury. “The team have found the community who put the first monument up at Stonehenge, the Mesolithic posts 9th-7th millennia BC.”
 
Full article here. See also BBC News Wiltshire here and the article by Carly Hilts in Current Archaeology here.
 
* The Flying Archaeologist – Stonehenge is broadcast on Friday, 19 April at 19:30 BST on BBC One West and South. The series is broadcast nationwide from Wednesday, 1 May at 20:30 BST on BBC Four.