Pugh appears courtesy of the Daily Mail
Amesbury (including the Stonehenge area) in Wiltshire has been confirmed as Britain’s longest continually-occupied settlement. Experts believe that the area has been occupied since 8,820bce ‘following an archaeological dig which also unearthed evidence of frogs’ legs being eaten in Britain 8,000 years before France’. BBC News Wiltshire reports –
David Jacques, from the University of Buckingham, said: “The site blows the lid off the Neolithic Revolution in a number of ways. It provides evidence for people staying put, clearing land, building, and presumably worshipping, monuments. The area was clearly a hub point for people to come to from many miles away, and in many ways was a forerunner for what later went on at Stonehenge itself. The first monuments at Stonehenge were built by these people. For years people have been asking why is Stonehenge where it is, now at last, we have found the answers.”
Mr Jacques said the River Avon, which runs through the area, would have been like an A road with people travelling along it. “They may have had the equivalent of local guides and there would have been feasting,” he added. “We have found remains of big game animals, such as aurochs and red deer, and an enormous amount of burnt flint from their feasting fires.”
Mr Jacques said our ancestors were eating a “Heston Blumenthal-style menu.”
Full article here. See also our earlier feature here.