For our latest Curiosity of the Week, we bring you Woodhenge. Yes, that’s right. You have more than likely heard of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, but have you heard of its lesser known neighbour, Woodhenge?
As you might have guessed from the name, this particular historical structure was made from wood. And, like the other more famous ‘henge’, is a circular Neolithic site. Hence its name.
The site was discovered when aerial photographs detected dark rings in a crop of wheat (no, not the alien variety). Similarly to Stonehenge, it is unknown what the rings of timber were originally for.
What we do know is that the site was probably built around 2300 BC, and that there are six concentric rings of post holes which would have contained wooden posts (today they are marked by concrete blocks). The rings are oval-shaped, with the longer axis pointing towards the winter and summer solstice.
The mysterious Woodhenge is located in Amesbury, near Stonehenge, and is free to visit.
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