Stone implements dating from 9000 to 2400bc

The overall project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Royal Archaeological Institute.Overhead view of an Archaic burned rock midden (Feature 4) at Pavo Real after initial exposure. Note the irregular shallow depressions with darker soil and a few larger rocks near the center of the photograph and in the central part of the midden.

stone implements dating from 9000 to 2400bc-13

Archaeologists know that after this date Stonehenge consisted of some 80 Welsh blue stones and 83 local sarsen stones.Some of the bluestones that once stood at the riverside probably now stand within the centre of Stonehenge.It is compelling evidence that this stretch of the River Avon was central to the religious lives of the people who built Stonehenge.Old theories about Stonehenge that do not explain the evident significance of the river will have to be re-thought.” The Stonehenge Riverside Project is run by a consortium of university teams.Furthermore, it offers tremendous insight into the history of its famous neighbour.

Its riverside location demonstrates once again the importance of the River Avon in Neolithic funerary rites and ceremonies.” The builders of the stone circle used deer antlers as pickaxes.It is directed by Professor Mike Parker Pearson of Sheffield University, with co-directors Dr Josh Pollard (Bristol University), Professor Julian Thomas (Manchester University), Dr Kate Welham (Bournemouth University) and Dr Colin Richards (Manchester University).The 2009 excavation was funded by the National Geographic Society, Google, the Society of Antiquaries of London, and the Society of Northern Antiquaries.Overhead view east-southeast of the burned rock midden (Feature 4) after initial exposure. Note the irregular shallow depressions with darker soil and a few larger rocks near the center of the photograph and in the central part of the midden.Later excavations revealed remnants of two large features in this area.7 October 2009 Archaeologists have discovered evidence of a lost stone circle on the west bank of the River Avon, a mile from Stonehenge.