Researchers say Stonehenge used to have a giant neighbor

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Researchers Say Stonehenge Used to Have a Giant Neighbor

Stonehenge might not have been the main attraction 4,500 years ago.

In England, researchers with the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project just discovered a "superhenge" monument, which would have stood just a mile or so away from the smaller Stonehenge.

"Using the latest technologies, we've been able to look underneath the banks to see what they hide," the lead researcher told the BBC.

The evidence suggests there used to be a row, or fence, of 90 stones, some of which could have stood 15 feet tall.

"At least 30 to 40 are still there. They've just been pushed over, and a massive bank has been placed on top of them," the lead researcher told the BBC.
Besides adding to knowledge of prehistoric Europe, the find raises important questions about the landscape the monument builders lived on.

It's not clear yet if this "superhenge" was built before or after Stonehenge. But the team's leading prehistorian said, "Everything written previously about the Stonehenge landscape and the ancient monuments within it will need to be rewritten."

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WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Revellers watch sunrise over Stonehenge during celebrations to mark the summer solstice at the prehistoric monument on June 21, 2014 in Wiltshire, England. An estimated 37,000 revellers and modern day druids gathered at Stonehenge, a tradition dating back thousands of years, to celebrate the solstice and watch the sunrise. (Photo by Rufus Cox/Getty Images)
Visitors take photographs of the world heritage site of Stonehenge, England, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. It has been standing for thousands of years, so Britain's ancient Stonehenge monument was due a makeover. The 27 million pound ($44 million) renovation which was previewed Tuesday includes a new building 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) from the stones where the 1 million a year visitors can watch an exhibition about Neolithic life. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
U.S. Olympian sprinter Michael Johnson poses for the photographers holding the Olympic Flame at Stonehenge, England, Thursday, July 12, 2012. Johnson, who won four Olympic gold medals and eight world championship gold medals, currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 meters and 4 x 400 meters relay. The Olympic Torch is being carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
U.S. Olympian sprinter Michael Johnson poses for the photographers holding the Olympic Flame at Stonehenge, England, Thursday, July 12, 2012. Johnson, who He won four Olympic gold medals and eight world championship gold medals, currently holds the world and Olympic records in the 400 meters and 4 x 400 meters relay. The Olympic Torch is being carried around England in a relay of torchbearers to make its way to the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Hector Navarro helps to prepare Stonehenge II to be moved, Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, in Hunt. The Stonehenge replica is being moved to Ingram, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Wilson Farris climbs a structure at Stonehenge II, Thursday, July 22, 2010, in Hunt, Texas. The Stonehenge replica, built by Doug Hill and Al Shepperd in 1989, will soon be moved to a new home. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Doug Hill poses for a photo with Stonehenge II, Thursday, July 22, 2010, in Hunt, Texas. The Stonehenge replica, built by Hill and Al Shepperd in 1989, will soon be moved to a new home. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
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Aerial view of Stonehenge National Monument, Salisbury Plain, Great Britain.
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