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Road workers working on a construction project of a tunnel that goes beneath the iconic British landmark have drilled an 11.5-feet deep hole into the 6,000-year-old man-made platform in Salisbury Plain.
Archeologists claim that road workers tunneling beneath Stonehenge have damaged Salisbury Plain, where British first hunter-gatherers lived.
Experts fear that irreparable damage was done to the ancient cite when engineers, monitoring the water levels, foolishly drilled an 11.5ft deep borehole through the iconic ancient site, reports the Daily Mail.
Salisbury Plain has offered scholars a great deal of information on the first hunters-gatherers of Britain, and the Mesolithic Period.
Salisbury Plain has given experts lots of valuable archaeological information. Recently, experts excavated a carefully constructed stone platform at the site of an ancient river.
Scientists say that it may have been part of a jetty. Hoofprints produced by cattle (massive cows) thousands of years ago were also discovered on the site.
“This is a travesty,” Professor David Jacques from the University of Buckingham, who discovered the site 12 years ago, told the Daily Telegraph.
“If the tunnel goes ahead the water table will drop, and all the organic remains will be destroyed.”
“We took great care in order excavate this ancient platform and the aurochs’ hoofprints,” Jacques explained. “We believe early hunters considered this area to be a sacred place even before Stonehenge. These monster cows — double the size of normal cattle — provided food for 300 people, so were revered.”
Professor Jacques also notes that the damage that was now caused could lower the water table threatening artifacts preserved in the waterlogged ground.
Kate Fielden, honorary secretary of Stonehenge Alliance, explained in an interview with CNN that she was also concerned about the development at the archaeological site, and warned that this could “irreparably damage” one of the world’s most iconic ancient sites.
The site was home to now-extinct ‘monster cows’ which may also explain how Stonehenge was built.
“It may be that this explains why Stonehenge was built. These monster cows provided food for 300 people so were revered,” Professor Jacques explained.
“There are thousands of years of history lying undisturbed in the water-logged ground. It’s a miracle it has survived and would be a disaster if it was lost,” he warned.
Stonehenge is believed to have been erected in four steps. The monuments first version was likely a large earthwork where its builders constructed a ditch, bank, and the Aubrey holes. All of this around 3100 BC.
The second stage started around 2150 BC when the builders somehow managed to transport 82 massive bluestones from the Preseli mountains in south-west Wales.
The third stage of the construction took place about 2,000 BC when the builders transported the Sarsen stones.
The fourth and final stage took place around 1500 BC when smaller bluestones were rearranged by the builders in the horseshoe and circle that we can still see today.