The Thornborough Henges is one of the most significant prehistoric archeological sites in Britain. This complex is also called, “The Stonehenge of the North”. The English Heritage Trust described it as the most important ancient site between Stonehenge and the Orkney Islands. It is located near Thornborough, a village close to the town of Masham in North Yorkshire, England. The area in which this earthwork was made is surrounded by many Neolithic monuments. There are six huge henges that have very similar designs, they are spread within 10 km of each other. The Thornborough Henges belong to this henge system and it is the most impressive one.
The word henge refers to a particular type of earthwork of the Neolithic period, typically consisting of a roughly circular or oval-shaped bank with an internal ditch surrounding a central flat area of more than 20 m in diameter. There is typically little if any evidence of occupation in a henge, although they may contain ritual structures such as stone circles, timber circles, and coves. The term “henge monument” is sometimes used as a synonym for henges.
Friday, November 06, 2015
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