Researchers say Stonehenge used to have a giant neighbor

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
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."

PHOTOS: See photos of Stonehenge
5 PHOTOS
Stonehenge
See Gallery
Researchers say Stonehenge used to have a giant neighbor
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)
UK, England, Wiltshire, Stonehenge monument
Stonehenge, UK.
Aerial view of Stonehenge National Monument, Salisbury Plain, Great Britain.
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners

Man Suspects His Wife Is Cheating On Him - Then His Daughter Reveals What's Really Going Man Suspects His Wife Is Cheating On Him - Then His Daughter Reveals What's Really Going
Nature Gets Revenge On Safari Hunter Who Killed Elephants And Lions For Sport Nature Gets Revenge On Safari Hunter Who Killed Elephants And Lions For Sport
Don't Get Too Close To a Newborn Giraffe Unless You Want to Get Kicked in the Nuts Don't Get Too Close To a Newborn Giraffe Unless You Want to Get Kicked in the Nuts