A ring of ancient mysterious ditches found around Stonehenge

British archaeologists made the discovery and at the same time admitted that they grossly underestimated the potential of the ancient builders. What all this time was considered just pits, sinkholes in the ground or small ponds on the border of Stonehenge, in fact, turned out to be man-made mines of impressive size. They form a ring that surrounds Woodhenge and is closed on another ancient object - the Larkhill fence.

Woodhenge is a henge, but instead of stones, it was built from logs. This historical site is considered by many to be, if not a single whole with Stonehenge, which is only 3 km away, then at least the brainchild of the same culture. If you look at the map of the location of the open pits, they form a ring with a diameter of 2 km, in the center of which is Darrington Walls, the settlement of the builders of Stonehenge. Woodhenge stands slightly to the side of it, and the Larkhill fence is just at the border of the circle, forming a kind of entrance gate to the complex.

The pits, which had not been previously paid attention to, after detailed study with the help of geolocation and sampling, turned out to be solid - 10 m in diameter, more than 5 m deep. These are pits or storage facilities for something important - perhaps places of armed ambushes or placement of traps. Alas, the age of the find is about 4500 years, during this time the pits have long been filled with dirt and debris in a natural way. In addition, the part was damaged already in modern times due to human activity. Scientists have found only 20 pits, although calculations show that there should be many times more of them.

What this ring of pits was - a protective system, signal beacons or ceremonies were held here, we are unlikely to know. But it is obvious that they were built by people versed in mathematics and geometry, plus they had the tools and technologies at their disposal for such a large-scale work. By the way, during the construction of Woodhenge, deep mines were also dug - the ancient builders were much more skillful than we think.