Sunday, May 4, 2014

Amesbury in Wiltshire named oldest UK settlement

History will have to be rewritten – astonishing new findings reveal Amesbury is now the oldest place in the country, where history began, and is also the longest continuous settlement in the UK. Previously it was thought that Stonehenge was conceived by European immigrants but this shows that British settlers were behind its construction. 

Amesbury - including Stonehenge - is the UK's longest continually occupied settlement 
[Credit: PA/BBC]

 Carbon dating from an archaeological dig by the University of Buckingham shows that the parish of Amesbury, which includes Stonehenge, has been continually occupied for every millennium since 8820BC. The origins of Amesbury have been discovered as a result of carbon dating bones of aurochs (twice the size of bulls), wild boar and red deer following a dig at Vespasian’s Camp, Blick Mead, a mile and a half from Stonehenge last year.

Read the rest of this article...

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.