UK’s first city found, and it’s the home of people who built ...


UK’s first city found, and it’s the home of people who built Stonehenge

Discovery gives the megaliths a longer history, and dramatically shifts our ideas of how hunter gatherers moved around

Sarah Knapton

Britain’s first “city” arose near an ancient spring on Salisbury Plain, and its inhabitants probably built Stonehenge, archaeologists believe.

Blick Mead lies just 1.6km away from the Wiltshire stone circle, and experts have uncovered more than 70,000 stone tools at the site, as well as an intriguing ceremonial platform suggesting the area held ritual importance for prehistoric hunter-gatherers who lived there 10,000 years ago.

Although hunter-gatherer populations rarely settled in one place, Prof David Jacques of the University of Buckingham believes the site may have been a permanent encampment where at least the children, elderly and sick lived...

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