Just at a stone’s throw from Stonehenge, the scientists studying the world-famous cluster of stone megaliths in southern England have found the remains of the British monument's long-lost timber twin. Anthropologists, expecting some more sites like this have nicknamed it as Timberhenge.
Timberhenge is just at a distance of 900 meters from Stonehenge.
Just like Stonehenge, which is 30 meters wide, site of Timberhenge is circular, with a diameter of 25 meters. The Timberhenge consists of round holes indicating the use two to three meter high wooden poles that might have decayed due to long exposure to external elements.
The adjacent Stonehenge site is expected to have been built about 5,000 years ago, but in phases.
Archeologists have predicted that both the sites having same direction towards the sun, is due to their alignment with midsummer sunrise and midwinter sunset.
The Timberhenge is having two entrances one on the northeast side and other on the southwest side.
Archaeologist Vincent Gaffney of the University of Birmingham in England had made the use of radar-imaging equipment for scanning the nearby area of Stonehenge.
Anthropologists have found the cremated remains of the children and adults in the nearby area.
In the surrounding area to Stonehenge, various other henges have been found, which includes 10 meter wide Blue Stonehenge site discovered in 2009 and the Woodhenge discovered in 1925 having 168 poles arrayed in six concentric circles, is just around three kilometers apart from the Stonehenge.