A prehistoric monument that boasts the world’s largest stone circle and now stands among the World Heritage Sites may have been designed to commemorate a single, humble house when it was built more than 5,000 years ago.
Little is known about the history of Avebury henge, which sits less than 20 miles from its more famous neighbour, Stonehenge.
But, recent research suggests the complex megalith had simpler origins than one might expect.
A new study has found that the mysterious Neolithic monument on Salisbury Plain may have been built around the site of a ‘relatively modest dwelling’ that stood there before it.
The theories about why Stonehenge was built include that it was a temple, a burial site or a creation of aliens visiting Earth.
And, the story of Avebury’s construction has remained just as mysterious. In the past, it’s been suggested that the site had medieval origins.
The latest findings, however, further support its ties to the Neolithic period.
A research team led by the University of Leicester has now found evidence of pits and gullies in the ground for its walls, plus bowls and flint tools that are all indicative of Neolithic craftsmanship.