Stone implements dating from 9000 to 2400bc
Excavations in August-September 2009 by the Stonehenge Riverside Project – a consortium of universities including the University of Bristol – uncovered the nine stone holes, part of a circle of probably 25 standing stones.Most of the circle remains unexcavated, preserved for future research, whilst the 2009 excavation has now been filled back in.
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.
7 October 2009 Archaeologists have discovered evidence of a lost stone circle on the west bank of the River Avon, a mile from Stonehenge.
The new circle, being called ‘Bluestonehenge’, is 10m in diameter and was surrounded by a henge – a ditch with an external bank.
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.
Search for stone implements dating from 9000 to 2400bc:
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).