A team of archaeologists has found two previously undiscovered sub-surface pits that have shed new light on the Stonehenge mystery. The two large pits are positioned within what is referred to as the Neolithic Cursus pathway, placing them in alignment with the rising and setting of the midsummer sun when viewed from Sonehenge's Heel Stone. The pits may have contained stones, posts or fires that would have marked the rise and fall of the sun over the horizon, lending to theories that the stone monument may have been used as a place of sun worship.
This is the first time we have seen anything quite like this at Stonehenge and it provides a more sophisticated insight into how rituals may have taken place within the Cursus and the wider landscape. These exciting finds indicate that even though Stonehenge was ultimately the most important monument in the landscape, it may at times not have been the only, or most important, ritual focus and the area of Stonehenge may have become significant as a sacred site at a much earlier date.
Researchers claim that the land on which Stonehenge stands may have been used as an ancient ritual site as many as 5,000 years before the erection of its iconic, standing stones.
Source: Past Horizons