5,000-year-old ‘Arthur’s Stone’ tomb discovered for the first time

It’s hard to imagine what life on Earth would have looked like thousands of years ago, which is why it’s so cool that archaeologists are discovering and digging for clues of what life might have looked like on earth. ‘era. A recent exploration was that of the 5,000 year old tomb called Arthur’s Stone, in honor of the mythical ruler of Camelot. The project seems otherworldly, even though it’s just tucked away in the English countryside.

According CNN, archaeologists unearth the Neolithic chamber tomb called Arthur’s Stone for the first time. English Heritage, a charity that preserves historic places in England, has teamed up with the University of Manchester to investigate the tomb built at a critical time in Britain’s history.

Not much is known about the tomb except that it appears to indicate when pottery and polished stone tools were first used. The ruins are located in Herefordshire near the Welsh border in the West Midlands of England.

Researchers hope the excavations will provide greater insight into this part of Britain’s history where they can learn more about the ancient inhabitants of the island. Additionally, they believe the site’s timing corresponds to when other monuments – such as Stonehenge – were becoming more common, CNN Explain.

“The act of constructing such a massive edifice would no doubt have been significant, as it would have brought people together at work, enhanced social solidarity and perhaps generated prestige for the person or persons directing the work,” said Julian Thomas, professor of archeology at the University of Manchester, who leads the project, said CNN.

The surrounding area has already been excavated and discovered last year. The then team found vertical posts that extended south from the monument down below the hills where the tomb is located. “The monument consists of a large capstone supported by a series of standing stones,” CNN Explain.

“The chamber is formed of nine standing stones, with a huge capstone, which is estimated to weigh over 25 tonnes,” says English Heritage. “It was accessed from the side of the cover mound, through the right-angled passage. There is a lone stone that was probably part of a false entrance, perhaps providing a visual focus for the ceremonies.”

The research team believe the tomb was only used for a few generations, but say it is unlikely that it was built purely as a tomb. Comparing the tomb to similar examples in the area, researchers speculate they will find human skeletal remains, pottery, and more.

If this type of history is your thing and you’re looking for summer adventures, you can book a tour through English Heritage to see the monument and learn more about the partnership’s excavation plans.

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