Southern England, particularly the
West Country, is the richest location for prehistoric monuments in the world.
Almost everybody has heard of Stonehenge, but there are
so many others. In fact some of them are much bigger than Stonehenge
and, some would say, far more interesting; for example Avebury. There are still
new sites waiting to be discovered and every so often a new monolith or old
burial mound shows up. However there have also been discoveries of far larger
and more impressive full circular complexes which are not as well-preserved as Avebury
or Stonehenge, but are no lesser original constructions.
One turned up in my hometown of Oxford
a few years back. This one was five hundred feet across, making it one of the
biggest in the country, see here for details: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/oxford-henge.html.
Now another giant circle has been unearthed in central Wiltshire which is even
larger. At Marden in the Vale of Pewsey, a series of earthworks have turned out
to be an artificial enclosing bank and ditch, roughly oval in shape. There are
also smaller internal structures, a smaller circle and a mound; although there
are no visible standing stones anywhere. However there may still be some left
which are buried. This site is very similar in design to Avebury, and it dates
back to about the same time period; therefore it was probably constructed by
the same culture. The location is huge; it has an area of thirty-five acres and
is therefore about 1400 feet in diameter (using a Pi calculation based on a
perfect circle); bigger even than Avebury. The media are calling it "Stonehenge's
big brother", see: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/585647/Experts-discover-HUGE-stone-circle-in-Britain-TEN-TIMES-the-size-of-Stonehenge.
A three-year archaeological dig has only just begun, so we'll have to wait and
see what they find... or, should I say, what they'll be allowed to publish. Once
again we are faced with the silent testimony of people from the distant past
who had a very sophisticated and deep culture, maybe far more so than anybody
gives them credit for in official science. It's amazing to think that they
walked in the same places that I do. Clearly they regarded the British
Isles as some sort of holy land. It is also possible that some of
their lost knowledge has been knowingly suppressed by those in power for whose
status it could threaten.