By David Derbyshire. 3rd October 2009. “Prehistoric site that could be famous stone circle’s little sister: Archaeologists have discovered Stonehenge’s little sister – just a mile from the famous monument.
The prehistoric circle, unearthed in secret over the summer, is one of the most important prehistoric finds in decades. Researchers have called it ‘Bluehenge’ after the colour of the 27 giant Welsh stones it once incorporated – but are now missing. The find is already challenging conventional wisdom about how Stonehenge was built – and what it was used for. Bluehenge was put up 5,000 years ago – around the same time as work began on Stonehenge – and appears to have been a miniature version of it. The two circles stood together for hundreds of years before Bluehenge was dismantled. Researchers believe its stones were used to enlarge Stonehenge during one of a number of redevelopments. Professor Tim Darvill, Stonehenge expert at Bournemouth University, said: ‘This adds to the richness of the story of Stonehenge.”~•♥.♥•~