1st May 2014 Amesbury in Wiltshire confirmed as 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 settlement.

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," he added.

"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.


Amesbury makes world news.

Further reading:









http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/11186952.Britain_s_oldest_town_is_in_ Wiltshire__say_archaeologists/

Etc !




Amesbury Druid Frank Somers said

“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 world.

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“