Wooden henge dis­cov­ered in York­shire

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOG­ICAL NEWS -

Ateam of ar­chae­ol­o­gists from East York­shire have un­cov­ered a 4,000-year-old wood­henge, thought to be the first of its type found, at Lit­tle Catwick Quarry, near Hornsea.

The cir­cu­lar mon­u­ment – that once stood mag­nif­i­cently on the hori­zon and was vis­i­ble from many miles away – was hid­ing for hun­dreds of years un­der farm­land be­fore it was re­cently spot­ted in aerial sur­veys.

Built at least 4,000 years ago in the Ne­olithic to early Bronze Age, it con­sisted of wooden posts en­cir­cled by a ditch with two en­trances. Burnt stones were found in a pit in the cen­tre of the cir­cle, lead­ing to claims it was used as a sauna.

John Tib­bles, lead ar­chae­ol­o­gist, ex­plained that the dis­cov­ery of this wood­henge was ‘ex­cep­tion­ally rare’, so rare they were asked to hand­sieve the con­tents of the sur­round­ing ditches to­talling 95 tonnes.

The wooden henge was re­cently spot­ted in aerial sur­veys

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