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December 2007

Early Stonehenge settlement

Archaeologists working near Stonehenge have uncovered what they believe is the largest Neolithic settlement ever discovered in northern Europe. The village is a temporary settlement and shows signs of animals being brought in for feasting.

Remains of an estimated 300 houses are thought to have survived under earthworks 3km (2 miles) from the famous stone rings, and 10 have been excavated so far. But there could have been double that total according to the archaeologist leading the work. Allowing four per house, he estimates that more than 2000 people could have lived in the village. The settlement may date from around 2600 to 2500 BC.
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