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Archaeologists have discovered a smaller prehistoric site near Britain's famous circle of standing stones at Stonehenge.
Researchers have dubbed the site "Bluehenge," after the colour of the 27 Welsh stones that were laid to make up a path. The stones have disappeared but the path of holes remains.

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Latitude: 5110'16.77"N, Longitude: 147'52.41"W

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New research is suggesting that Stone Age Britons were arranging hilltop monuments in an elaborate grid of isosceles triangles - allowing travellers to navigate the country without maps. Apparently, these markers included famous sites like Stonehenge and The Mount.
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Plans for access and a new visitor centre for Stonehenge have been going around for years but a solution could finally be in the offing...

More than 15 years after MPs branded the situation 'a national disgrace', has a solution finally been found for Stonehenge? At present, the Stones are hemmed in by roads the busy, arterial A303 south-western route and the A344 Devizes road, which joins it, cutting the site off from its surrounding monuments and landscape. The latter not only comes up so close so as to almost clip the heel stone of the circle, but also lies slap across the Avenue, believed to be the site's ancient processional approach. In addition, the current visitor facilities, housed in a 1968 'concrete monstrosity' on the other side of the A344, are not only outdated and ineffectual, but also represent a significant visual intrusion to the site.
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Stonehenge, an ancient who-done-it
Druids, Romans, Priests, Goddesses, extra terrestrial aliens, prehistoric people. Who built Stonehenge and why?
Nearly everyone appreciates a good mystery. If you fit into those who do, then Stonehenge is for you.

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The Stonehenge Riverside Project, co-directed by Dr Joshua Pollard from the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, was featured on Channel 4s Time Team on Monday (1 June).

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University of Sheffield professor Mike Parker Pearson, an expert on the archaeology of death, has been studying Stonehenge since 1998 and is one of the directors of the Stonehenge Riverside Project, which is exploring the relationship between the monument, the River Avon and other nearby prehistoric sites. Among other finds, Parker Pearsons team has discovered an ancient settlement near Stonehenge that dates back to between 2600-2400 BC, which coincides with the construction of the Sarsen Circle at Stonehenge. Parker Pearson theorises that Stonehenge and Durrington Walls, a prehistoric timber circle about two miles away, were part of a much larger religious complex that the ancient Britons used for funeral rituals. An avenue from Durrington Walls leads to a cliff overlooking the river, where Parker Pearson believes that bones, ashes and perhaps bodies were tossed into the water. In a 2007 Washington Post article about the settlements discovery, he described Stonehenge as our biggest cemetery of that time.

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Stonehenge may have been a burial ground for an ancient royal family, British archaeologists said yesterday.
The original purpose of the stone monument in Wiltshire is one of archaeology's most enduring enigmas. Previous theories have suggested that it was an astronomical observatory or a religious centre.
But radiocarbon analysis of human remains excavated from the site have revealed that it was used as a cemetery from its inception just after 3000BC until well after the largest circle of stones went up in about 2500BC. Previously, archaeologists had believed people were buried at Stonehenge only between 2700 and 2600BC.

"The hypothesis we are working on is that Stonehenge represents a place of the dead. A further twist is that the people buried at Stonehenge may have been the elite of their society, an ancient royal British dynasty, perhaps" - Mike Parker Pearson, an archaeologist at the University of Sheffield, who is leading an excavation of the site.

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Professor Chris Tilley (UCL Anthropology) has delved into the mysteries of Stonehenge for a special edition of Channel 4's Time Team programme.
During the excavation of the famous stone circle, the team discovered the biggest Neolithic settlement in northern Europe, and unravelled not only how, but why Stonehenge was built.
Time Team's Stonehenge special is on Channel 4 tonight (1 June) at 9pm.

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Britain has given the go-ahead for a new 25 million pound visitor centre at Stonehenge and will shut a road that runs alongside the country's most famous prehistoric monument.
The circle of towering megaliths on Salisbury Plain in southwest England has been at the centre of arguments for years over how to ease congestion and to improve facilities at the World Heritage Site for the thousands of visitors it attracts.

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A Druid protestor who calls himself King Arthur Pendragon is refusing to move away from Stonehenge even though a British court has issued an eviction order.

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