Stonehenge Builders' Village Found

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A reconstruction made in 2005 depicts one of two timber circles first discovered 40 years ago near Stonehenge.

The timber circles were uncovered at Durrington Walls, the prehistoric earthwork that is the site of the newly discovered Stone Age village.

The dig revealed that two timber circles once stood within Durrington Walls around 2500 B.C., the same period in which Stonehenge was built.

At the south of the Durrington site, archaeologists found evidence of five concentric rings measuring 130 feet (40 meters) across and a smaller circle with two timber rings to the north.

Mike Parker Pearson of the Stonehenge Riverside Project believes Durrington Walls and nearby Stonehenge were intimately connected.

Parker Pearson believes that the wooden and stone circles represented the domains of the living and the dead, respectively.

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