1st May 2014 Amesbury in Wiltshire confirmedas oldest UK settlement !
Our Druid grove has taken a great interest in the archaeology of Stonehenge and Amesbury.
In particular recently the dig at the sacred spring which has yielded tens of thousands
of finds. Frank even took part in the archaeology on the last day and has provided
illustrations of Mesolithic life to the museum trust run by Andy Rhind-Tutt.
We are also proud to be members of Amesbury community life and have a great love
of this town and its people.
We are delighted with the news that Amesbury is Britains oldest continuously occupied
Quoting from the BBC
“A Wiltshire town has been confirmed as the longest continuous settlement in the
United Kingdom. Amesbury, including Stonehenge, has been continually occupied since
8820BC, experts have found.
The news was confirmed following an archaeological dig which also unearthed evidence
of frogs' legs being eaten in Britain 8,000 years before France. Amesbury's place
in history has also now been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.
David Jacques, from the University of Buckingham, said: "The site blows the lid off
the Neolithic Revolution in a number of ways. "It provides evidence for people staying
put, clearing land, building, and presumably worshipping, monuments.
"The area was clearly a hub point for people to come to from many miles away, and
in many ways was a forerunner for what later went on at Stonehenge itself.
"The first monuments at Stonehenge were built by these people. For years people have
been asking why is Stonehenge where it is, now at last, we have found the answers."
Mr Jacques said the River Avon, which runs through the area, would have been like
an A road with people travelling along it.
"They may have had the equivalent of local guides and there would have been feasting,"
"We have found remains of big game animals, such as aurochs and red deer, and an
enormous amount of burnt flint from their feasting fires."
Previously, Thatcham in Berkshire, 40 miles from Amesbury, held the record for the
longest continuous settlement in the country.
The dig in Amesbury also uncovered 31,000 worked flints in 40 days as well as animal
bones such as frogs' legs.
Mr Jacques said our ancestors were eating a "Heston Blumenthal-style menu".
The find was based on a report by fossil mammal specialist Simon Parfitt, of the
Natural History Museum.
Andy Rhind-Tutt, the founder of Amesbury Museum and Heritage Trust, said there was
"something unique and rather special about the area" to keep people there from the
end of the Ice Age, to when Stonehenge was created and until today.
"The fact that the feasting of large animals and the discovery of a relatively constant
temperature spring sitting alongside the River Avon, may well be it," he said.
The dig was filmed and made into a documentary by the BBC, Smithsonian, CBC and others
to be screened later in the summer.
The project was led by the University of Buckingham.
“This is an amazing discovery by David Jacques and his team.
We all at some time in our lives seek out our roots, we wonder where we come from.
This news has huge implications and should interest hundreds of millions around the
Think about all of the countries that have British descendant populations; these
peoples now, can not only look towards Britain as their heritage, but now also to
our shared beginnings in Amesbury and upon Salisbury Plain.
Imagine those first settlers sat beside a fire 10000 years ago eating Aurochs meat
and chatting merrily. Little could they have imagined that this is where our Culture
would first take root after the ice age or that this was to be the spark that kindled
the fire that eventually reached out to influence every continent.
It should also remind all of us that our actions, decisions and culture will have
influence long after we are gone and forgotten. We must therefore care for our earth
and respect one another“