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Thursday, 18 June 2015

New excavations at Marden Henge -

A three year programme of excavation and research has begun at Marden Henge in the Vale of Pewsey.  Marden Henge is reputedly ten times the size of Stonehenge, but because of the complete lack of any standing stones, it is little known outside of archaeological circles(!).

It is thought that the site may be “an untouched archaeological treasure chest”….which will yield valuable information about the possible relationship which Marden might have had with both Avebury and Stonehenge.

"I have been waiting five years to come back to this site," said Dr Leary, from the University of Reading.

"It is right in the middle of Avebury and Stonehenge, which are probably the most famous prehistoric sites in the world, but nobody has ever researched it properly.

"I think understanding the Vale will give us a greater understanding of Avebury and Stonehenge."

The three-year £1million project is a collaboration with Historic England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Wiltshire Museum."

Duncan Wilson, Historic England chief executive, added: "Bigger than Avebury, ten times the size of Stonehenge and half way between the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Sites, comparatively little is known about this fascinating and ancient landscape. "The work will help Historic England focus on identifying sites for protection and improved management, as well as adding a new dimension to our understanding of this important archaeological environment."

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