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Updated: October 5, 2009 14:40 IST

Prehistoric site found near UK’s Stonehenge

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A file picture of historic Stonehenge in UK. Archeologists try to solve its enduring riddle: when and why was the prehistoric monument built. Photo: AP
A file picture of historic Stonehenge in UK. Archeologists try to solve its enduring riddle: when and why was the prehistoric monument built. Photo: AP

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.

Researchers from Sheffield University in northern England say th new circle represents an important find. The site is about 2 kilometers away from Stonehenge, which is believed to have been built around 2500 B.C.

Bluehenge, about 130 kilometers southwest of London, is thought to date back to the same period, but the exact circumstances of Bluehenge’s construction aren’t clear.

Researchers plan to publish more information about it next year.


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