The stone circle of Avebury in Wiltshire, England, like the construction at Stonehenge, was built in prehistoric times. A 1720 map shows that many of the megalithic stones have been missing for hundreds of years, but now they’ve been found in a surprising place.

New technology has revealed that at least 15 of them are still where they were originally placed?they’ve just fallen (or been knocked) down and are buried beneath the dirt. This means that Avebury can be restored to the way it looked when it was built.

Archeologist Martin Papworth says, “This is a truly exciting find and completes the circle of Avebury. These stones were erected over 4,500 years ago and the world of archaeology suspected that most of these stones had been demolished and lost forever.

“Until now, no one had realized that some of these stones had survived intact and that they actually lay buried in the earth, next to their original locations. It is quite likely that they have lain there since the 13th and 14th centuries, pushed over and buried there by the local population who may have seen these pagan symbols as a threat to the established church.”

Human civilization has come a long way? or have we?

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