Ancient platform 'damaged' during Stonehenge tunnel work

Archaeologists have accused Highways England of unintentionally drilling a big hollow via a 6,000-year-old construction close to Stonehenge all through preparatory paintings for a tunnel.

The drilling, which is claimed to have taken position at Blick Mead, round a mile and a part from the world-famous neolithic ring of stones, has enraged archaeologists, who say engineers have dug a three-metre-deep hollow (10toes) via a synthetic platform of flint and animal bone.

Highways England have mentioned they don’t seem to be acutely aware of any injury to archaeological layers at the website brought about by means of their paintings and can meet with the archaeological workforce on Thursday, led by means of David Jacques, a senior analysis fellow on the College of Buckingham.

Ahead of the drilling incidents, archaeologists had been involved that the development of a tunnel and a flyover close to the website will reason the water desk to drop, harmful stays preserved in water-logged flooring. The Highways Company agreed to watch water ranges as a part of the mission.

The 6,000-year-old platform by which a hollow has been drilled preserved the hoof prints of an aurochs, large prehistoric livestock that at the moment are extinct.

Jacques mentioned: “It is a travesty. We took nice care to excavate this platform and the aurochs’ hoofprints. We consider hunters regarded as this space to be a sacred position even ahead of Stonehenge. Those monster cows – double the dimensions of ordinary livestock – supplied meals for 300 folks, so had been respected.

“It the tunnel is going forward the water desk will drop and all of the natural stays shall be destroyed. It can be that there are footprints right here which will be the earliest tangible indicators of lifestyles at Stonehenge. If the stays aren’t preserved we would possibly by no means have the ability to perceive why Stonehenge was once constructed.”

Blick Mead is a part of the Stonehenge and Avebury Unesco global heritage. A Highways England spokesperson mentioned: “We aren’t acutely aware of any injury being brought about to archaeological layers. We notified Prof David Jacques of the places of our water desk tracking, and feature adhered to pointers in sporting out the paintings. We have now additionally saved Prof Jacques knowledgeable and we will be able to be assembly him on website [on Thursday].

“Our tests up to now point out that development of the scheme will don’t have any important results at the Blick Mead space, and we’re enterprise this additional hydrogeological investigation.

“The works had been undertaken in a extremely skilled means, with an archaeologist on website and with due care being exercised always.”

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