Ongoing excavations at Blick Mead, an ancient spring on Salisbury Plain, have revealed an unprecedented array of evidence for large Mesolithic gatherings and extravagant feasts taking place just over a mile from where Stonehenge would be built thousands of years later. Now the project has produced signs of the site’s life continuing into the Neolithic period, shedding new light on the origins of a ritual landscape. 

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Image of the terrace trench at Blick Mead

The terrace trench, shown in the foreground, yielded most of the team’s 5th millennium BC radiocarbon dates and their only Neolithic one, bringing us closer to bridging the gap between the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods in the Stonehenge area. Groups of people mark other trenches.


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