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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Blick Mead - A Mesolithic site



One of the earliest traces of human settlements near Stonehenge is Blick Mead, about 4km from the Stone Circle.

It was built near a spring.

The spring had a very special property - rare algae caused stones taken from the water to turn bright pink when exposed to the sun.

It's possible that this was seen as having a certain magical property which might explain why settlers were attracted to the area in the first place.

It's likely that the settlement would have consisted of teepee-like structures like those found at Star Carr, a Mesolithic settlement in the UK.

The teepees were a circle of wooden posts, around 4m in diameter, likely covered in skins or bark, its floor covered in moss.