Archaeologists excavating a future tunnel near Stonehenge in the United Kingdom discovered evidence of human activity dating back 7,000 years. A mysterious slate object formed about 4500 years ago drew special attention.
On the Wessex Archeology Project website, a review of the large analysis has been written. The Wiltshire Archaeological Survey and members of the A303 Project Advisory Group are behind it.
Archaeologists’ main duty is to perform an investigation; in reality, a tunnel is expected to be constructed near the famous Stonehenge. It is critical that not only this monument, but also any archaeological sites that may be hidden underground in this area, are not harmed.
Archaeologists have only completed a portion of the planned study so far, but they have already made several discoveries. They discovered signs of human activity over a long period of time, according to reports. Furthermore, the oldest of them may be over 7000 years old.
Neolithic burials, as well as ancient tools and ceramics, were discovered as part of a preliminary assessment of the construction sites planned from Amesbury to Berwick Down.
The item discovered in the woman’s grave drew the most attention. Between the ages of 20 and 30, the latter died. According to preliminary evidence, the burial took place about 4500 years ago. Scientists dated it based on other objects discovered in the cemetery. New types of ceramics are thought to have originated in Britain at that time.
By the way, several blue stone circles were constructed at Stonehenge about the same time. Slate is used to make the enigmatic piece. Its age, according to researchers, corresponds to that of the burial. The role of this artifact has yet to be determined.
Dr. Matt Leavers, consultant archaeologist at Wessex Archeology, says, “This is a rare item: we’ve never seen anything like it before.” the manner in which she was buried It may, however, be the knob on a ceremonial staff or club.
Another enigmatic discovery is the Bronze Age’s original C-shaped structure, the intent of which scientists have yet to deduce. It may have been a part of an old workshop. The odd structure is situated in an area that could be described as industrial.
A lot of fired flint was discovered here. This suggests that flint tools and other objects may be mass-produced.
By the way, flint tools were discovered in Neolithic graves alongside pottery fragments and animal bones. The remains of a baby were discovered buried with a simple primitive vessel in one of the Neolithic burials.
“These preliminary studies allowed us to learn more about the landscape that existed here as well as immerse ourselves in the lives of those who have lived here for thousands of years,” Matt Leavers says. “We discovered evidence of their actions as well as personal belongings of those individuals.” will alter our perceptions of this place, but new information will allow us to “complete” the image we already have.
By the way, the main field work is expected to begin in late spring of this year. It is anticipated that 100-150 archaeologists will participate, with the excavations lasting about a year and a half – before construction begins in 2023.