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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Durrington Walls - The builders' settlement




Durrington Walls was a massive Neolithic settlement, 3km away from Stonehenge.

British Neolithic settlements of this type usually had fewer than 100 people.

Durrington Walls had around 4,000 people!

It was one of the largest settlements in Northern Europe.

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

Building a settlement like Durrington Walls was a gargantuan process.

Building the ditch surrounding the village, alone, would have taken years to dig!

Fun fact : in order to produce polished stone, huge stone mines were built, like Grime's Graves in the UK.

This mine was 10m deep, with around 400 shafts, and produced up to 10,000 polished stones in total, making their way as far as Italy!

Remnants of huge feasts were discovered at Durrington Walls, with thousands of cooked bones - including of animals coming from as far as the Scottish Highlands!

The village also had a wooden circle, which could be seen as a pendant to Stonehenge.

The River Avon connected both.