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8/26/2014 (7 months ago)

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Study reveals monuments underneath famous British landmark

England's iconic and mysterious Stonehenge has just revealed a new mystery, as a first-of-its-kind study suggests that 15 previously undiscovered or poorly understood monuments lie hidden under the ancient monument and the surrounding countryside.

Using underground radar and 3D imaging technology, a new study has revealed that there are numerous monuments underneath the famous Stonehenge.

Using underground radar and 3D imaging technology, a new study has revealed that there are numerous monuments underneath the famous Stonehenge.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/26/2014 (7 months ago)

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LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The new study revealed this startling find after researchers used a variety of techniques-including ground penetrating radar and 3D laser scanning-to create a highly detailed subsurface map of the entire area, which are far less destructive than traditional digging-based approaches, according to a release from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archeology-one of the partners of the study.

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The study, also known as "The Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project," took place over a four-year period and suggests that there was much more going on in the area than previously thought.

One of the newly found monuments is an ancient trough that bisects an East-West ditch known as a "Cursus". Professor Vince Gaffney, an archeologists at the University of Birmingham in England and a member of the project suggests that the Cursus aligns with the sunrise on the Spring and Fall equinoxes, and that it could have been a means for people to travel ceremonially to Stonehenge from the south.

This trough, and the other recently discovered monuments have "absolutely transformed" how archeologists view the area, Gaggney said. Still, "until you dig holes, you just don't know what you've got."

This new study expands upon findings from last October which indicated that the area around Stonehenge is the oldest continually occupied region in Britain. The scientists behind the research said that there may have been human occupation since 8820 B.C.

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