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and is also the location of a wooden version of the stone circle.
The researchers speculated that Durrington Walls was a place for the living and Stonehenge -- where several cremated remains have been found -- was a cemetery and memorial.
Remains of pigs indicated they were about nine months old when killed, which would mark a midwinter festival, he said.
Parker Pearson said Stonehenge was oriented to face the midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset, while the wooden circle at Durrington Walls faced the midwinter sunrise and midsummer sunset.
Originally posted by Byrd
Wonderful find and thanks for the link!
As far as I know, what they found of the houses included post holes as well as other artifacts. The texture of soil in a house (usually packed down dirt) is actually fairly distinctive when you're carefully digging through a site. A very experienced archaeologist could tell it at a glance (or as it was uncovered).
I wonder if there are other paired henges like this. My first thought when I saw the recontsruction of the wooden henge was that it reminded me of other megalith stone henges. Stonehenge has fewer stones than most of these constructions.
Excavations also offer new evidence that a timber circle and a vast earthwork where the village once stood were linked to Stonehenge—via road, river, and ritual. Together, the sites were part of a much larger religious complex, the archaeologists suggest.