Woodhenge is an atmospheric Neolithic site close to Stonehenge. Probably built about 2300 BC, it was originally believed to be the remains of a large burial mound, surrounded by a bank and ditch almost completely destroyed by ploughing. Aerial photography detected rings of dark spots in a crop of wheat, and today concrete markers replace the six concentric rings of timber posts which are believed to have once supported a ring-shaped building.
There is evidence that it was in use around 1800 BC. It is possible that the banks and ditches were used for defensive purposes in addition to its ceremonial function.
Read more about the history of Woodhenge.
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Woodhenge is just a few miles away from Stonehenge, which is a great place to find out more about the extraordinary prehistoric monuments ranged across the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site.
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