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24 January 2010
Stanton Drew older than thought

Archaeologists have discovered the collection of prehistoric standing stones at Stanton Drew (Somerset, England) is older than originally thought. During geophysical surveys last summer, they found the outline of a burial mound dated from nearly 1000 years before the stone circles.  The surveys were carried out by Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society and the council's Archaeological Officer.
     A dig last summer found a burial mound from 1000 years before the stone circle. Given the new dating, by John Oswin, the upright stones of the Cove  - the three large stones in the beer garden of the Druid's Arms - might be better explained as the portals or facade of a chambered tomb, similar to the Stoney Littleton long barrow near Wellow. Bath and North East Somerset Council's Archaeological Officer, Richard Sermon, said: "Stanton Drew has been much neglected compared to Avebury and Stonehenge. "This will raise its profile with the scholars and it [Stanton Drew] will be recognised as one of the major prehistoric sites in England."
     The full report can be downloaded from http://tinyurl.com/yborfyf

Source: BBC Bristol (12 January 2010)

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