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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Durrington Walls - The builders' settlement



Durrington Walls is 3km away from Stonehenge.

While UK Neolithic settlements in the UK usually had fewer than 100 people, Durrington Walls was an exception - with as many as 100 houses and 4,000 people, making it one of the largest settlements in Northern Europe!

It's thought it was used to house the builders of Stonehenge during a major building phase of the monument.

Building a settlement like Durrington Walls was a gargantuan process.

The village was surrounded by a deep ditch.

Building the ditch alone would have taken 6,000 people years to dig!

In order to produce polished stone axes needed for all these massive Neolithic projects, huge stone mines were built, like Grime's Graves in the UK.

The mine had more than 400 shafts, was 10m deep, and produced up to 10,000 polished stones, which made their way as far as Italy!