New Stonehenge discovered as heatwave exposes hidden foundations of ancient buildings
Drone footage captured amid a heatwave close to the 5000-year-old Newgrange neolithic passage tomb in County Meath, Ireland, on July 10 revealed an previously-undiscovered henge, sparking an investigation by the countryâs National Monument Service. Video: Ken Williams via Storyful
New henge revealed by heatwave. Picture: Ken Williams via StoryfulSource:Storyful
A NEW Stonehenge has been uncovered in Ireland after a sweltering heatwave across the British Isles revealed ancient build ings.
As temperatures climbed, several plots usually hidden by dense grasses have unveiled settlements, Victorian gardens, World War II airfields and Roman ruins.
In Ireland, an aerial photographer managed to capture pictures of an âentirely newâ henge using a drone in County Meath close to Newgrange, a 5000-year old neolithic tomb.
The henge is the latest to be uncovered in a series of seven monuments in a 1.6km stretch, making it the densest concentration of these monuments anywhere in the world, University College Dublin assistant professor in archaeology Stephen Davis told the BBC.
But the henge isnât the only uncovered ancient plot.
While the crop marks have usually been kept hidden by grasses and crops, the ancient and prehistoric features are appearing because of the sweltering weather.
The new henge is the latest to be uncovered in a series of seven monuments in a one mile stretch. Picture: Ken Williams via StoryfulSource:Storyful
The marks are revealed when grass or crops on top of wood or stone still in the ground flourish or deteriorate at different rates to surrounding material in the unusually hot weather.
Roman villages have been uncovered in Wales and Norfolk, while a once-removed Victorian garden has reappeared in Lancashire and the outlines of World War II airfields and shelters have sprung up in Hampshire and Cambridge.
Among the discoveries, a Dartmoor reservoir is set to reveal a âdrowned villageâ as waters recede in the heat, and old stone walls have already been unveiled.
A Victorian garden has reappeared at Gawthorpe Hall, Lancashire. Picture: SWNS/MegaSource:Mega
The hot weather has unveiled some of Britainâs hidden history like this Roman village near Norwich. Picture: SWNS/MegaSource:Mega
RAF Lasham in Hampshire was built in 1942 and was the site of many significant operations. Britainâs heatwave has since uncovered an older part of the airfield. Picture: SWNS/MegaSource:Mega
Crop marks in Tregaron show the remains of this medieval castle at Castell Llwyn Gwinau, Tregaron, Wales. Picture: SWNS/MegaSource:Mega
This story was originally published on The Sun and is republished with permission.Source: Google News Ireland | Netizen 24 Ireland