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'Secret square' discovered beneath world-famous Avebury stone circle

Archaeologists from the universities of Leicester and Southampton have found a striking and apparently unique square monument beneath the world-famous Avebury stone circle in Wiltshire.
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Avebury neolithic stone circle is actually square

An ancient formation discovered within a Neolithic stone circle in Wiltshire is actually a square.
The "surprising find" in Avebury, which is 30m wide, is thought to be one of the site's earliest structures.
The square of megaliths appears to have been erected around the remains of a Neolithic house, which sat at the centre of the colossal stone circle - the largest in Europe.

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England's first prehistoric stone 'circles' may have been square

One of Britain's most famous prehistoric monuments - Avebury in Wiltshire - may be substantially more ancient than previously thought.
Investigations within the UNESCO World Heritage designated stone circle - the largest in Britain - have revealed a hitherto unknown, and probably very early, series of ancient standing stones, are arranged, not as a circle, but as a 30 metre by 30 metre square.
It is believed to be the first prehistoric "stone square" ever discovered - in Britain or continental Europe.

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Mysterious Fire Monument in England Predates Stonehenge by 800 Years

A massive, wooden, eyeglass-shaped monument in Avebury, England, that was set alight in ancient ceremonies may be 800 years older than it was thought to be, new research suggests.
The monument, which consists of two huge, circular enclosures - each outlined by tall, wooden posts - is about 5,300 years old, meaning the structure predates the first stones erected at nearby Stonehenge by about 800 years, the study found.
Though the exact purpose of the Avebury monument is still shrouded in mystery, archaeologists think the two wooden circles were used for only a short time for a ceremony or festival before burning to the ground.

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Neolithic house discovery at Avebury stone circle dig

Archaeologists believe they may have found the remains of a house where people who built Avebury stone circle may have lived.
The three-week Between the Monuments project is researching the daily lives of Neolithic and Bronze Age residents at the Wiltshire site.

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'New stone avenue' found at Avebury - but was Silbury Hill really once a beacon for ships?

Evidence of a remarkable new 'stone avenue' leading from Avebury has apparently been located by photographic evidence. Previously, two other stone avenues known as the West Kennet Avenue and the Beckhampton Avenue are known to archaeologists as they still have some of the massive stones that line these avenues present, but this new avenue was never thought to exist.
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Avebury is the site of an ancient monument consisting of a large henge, several stone circles, stone avenues and barrows, surrounding the village of Avebury in the English county of Wiltshire. It is one of the finest and largest Neolithic monuments in Europe, about 5,000 years old. Although older than the megalithic stages of Stonehenge 32 kilometres to the south, the two monuments are broadly contemporary overall.
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A mixture of time keeping technologies through the ages established when the sunrise was due at Avebury this morning at the start of the longest day of the year.
A crowd of about 1,000 people, compared to an estimated 40,000 at Stonehenge -- gathered in the Avebury stone circles for the Summer Solstice celebrations.

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A decision is due to be made over the future of a skeleton found near an ancient stone circle 80 years ago.
Druids have called for the remains of the three-year-old child to be reburied at Avebury, Wiltshire, out of respect.
But archaeologists insist the skeleton - currently on display at the Alexander Keiller museum - should be kept available for research and testing.

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World Heritage officials have lost their bid to prevent a clutch of "incongruous and unattractive" houses from being built next to Europe's largest prehistoric stone circle.
They say the plan to build five three-bedroomed homes within the World Heritage Site at Avebury would unacceptably harm one of the Britain's most important ancient monuments.

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