Archaeologists Unearth Mini Stonehenge
A mini "Stonehenge" has been uncovered by archaeologists in Cornwall.
The 5,000 year-old "circle henge", an early religious site, was discovered during work on the A30 bypass at Goss Moor, between Indian Queens and Bodmin, and is the first of its kind found in the region.
The 10 metre diameter site at Deep Tye Farm, which could have been the setting for human sacrifice, has excited archeologists. Stuart Foreman, from Oxford Archaeology, which is doing the work, said: "Excavated sites of this period are comparatively rare in Cornwall."
The excavation, costing £500,000, is part of a planned set of examinations by archaeologists working ahead of road builders on the £93 million Goss Moor bypass. The discovery won't delay work on the road. The henge was unearthed less than a mile from the Castle-an-Dinas hillfort by a 10 metre wide trench that has been dug along the entire seven kilometre length of the bypass route.
Also known as a "pit circle", the circle henge dates from the late neolithic, or "new stone" period, between 3,000 and 2,000BC. "The site is an important one for the region," said Mr Foreman. "The Deep Tye Farm site is a modest example of this type of monument, which can reach quite lavish proportions. Stonehenge is the best known example."
Large-scale henge monuments are known in the region, including the earthwork at Castilly Henge, which lies at the eastern end of the road scheme near the Innis Downs roundabout. Mr Foreman explained that the site unearthed was relatively small compared to others.
11:00 - 18 February 2006
Posted by stubob
18th February 2006ce
Edited 21st February 2006ce