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Digs, Discovery and Disaster: A History of Archaeology at Stonehenge

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Bianca Markos
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« on: January 01, 2010, 07:58:09 am »

Modern Work

As the 20th century rolled into its second half, excavation projects at Stonehenge began to slow somewhat, and 1964 would see the stone circle explored for the last time until 2008. Most work was thus carried out in the immediate vicinity of the famous site, with several large finds dominating the era. National Heritage began work on a controversial car park in 1966, before which Faith and Lance Vatcher examined its roots. They found evidence of Mesolithic potholes dating as far back as 8,000 BC – 5,000 years before Stonehenge was built. This sparked a newfound vigour for the excavation of Stonehenge’s locality.

The 1980s saw the Stonehenge Environs Project, headed by Julian Richards, studying the wider region around Stonehenge. This mission unearthed such features as Lesser Cursus, Coneybury Henge and other smaller sites. An accidental building project close to the Heel Stone also uncovered another stone hole next to it. This not only threw open the idea of the Heel Stone as the marker for a prehistoric calendar, but also appeared to nullify arguments that the Heel Stone didn’t line up perfectly with the midsummer sun.

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