Road workers 'damage' 6,000-year-old site near Stonehenge during preparations for new tunnel

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Workers have been accused of damaging an ancient site near Stonehenge (Getty)

An ancient site situated close to Stonehenge has allegedly been left ‘damaged’ by road workers during preparations for a controversial new tunnel.

The 6,000-year-old Blick Mead site, situated around 1.5 miles from Stonehenge, has reportedly suffered damage from a 3.5 metre hole drilled through a platform.

Lead archaeologist at the site, Professor David Jacques, described the damage as a ‘travesty’, and said future work would ruin prehistoric animal footprints found at Blick Mead.

Engineers dug a 3.5 metre deep hole through a platform at the historic site (University of Buckingham)

He told the BBC: ‘We took great care to excavate this platform and the auroch’s hoofprints.

‘If the tunnel goes ahead the water table will drop and all the organic remains will be destroyed.

‘If the remains aren’t preserved we may never be able to understand why Stonehenge was built.’

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Highways England, who are undertaking preparatory work at the site, insist there had been no archaeological damage and engineers had ‘adhered to guidelines’.

A spokesman said its water table monitoring scheme ‘will have no significant effects on the Blick Mead area’.

Prof Jacques, who said engineers did not consult with him before carrying out work, is set to meet with inspectors to assess the site.

Cattle footprints that date back thousands of years have been found at Blick Mead (University of Buckingham)

The Government wants to build a 1.9-mile (3km) tunnel past Stonehenge to hide the busy A303 as part of a £1.6bn upgrade programme.

Campaigners fear work could destroy archaeological treasures in the area.

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