Wooden henge discovered in Yorkshire
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