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Archaeologists Find Workers’ Village Near Stonehenge

A team of archaeologists has uncovered the remains of a village they believe dates from the same time as -- and is located a mere two miles from -- Stonehenge, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. A project director explains the implications.

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    Stonehenge is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and, with its huge stones aligned with the solstices, a place of great wonder and mystery. Now, archaeologists think they've shed new light on the site and the surrounding area, unearthing a village of dwellings built some 4,600 years ago, at the same time as Stonehenge.

    The new findings are located about two miles from Stonehenge in southern England. They include a well-trod avenue from a site called Durrington Walls to the Avon River.

    The excavations, partially funded by the National Geographic Society, were done last year and announced yesterday. Julian Thomas is a professor of archaeology at Manchester University and one of the directors of the project. He joins us from Manchester.

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