Thornborough Henge - Britains 5000 year old capital?
The people of Britain 5000 years ago built circular monuments called henges to celebrate their religious life. These were the focus of festivals, the people who came set up camp around the henge, creating a widespread ritual landscape of burial grounds and spiritual sites surrounding the henge.
Thornborough is the last remaining part of the largest henge complex in Britain, it is our only triple henge monument and is the only henge site in the world modelled on the constellation Orion - 1000 years before the great pyramids of Gaza followed the same design.
Thornborough henges are protected by law but the surrounding area is not. This is where Tarmac has been quarrying and many of the settlements and other ritual sites surrounding the henges have already been destroyed. Tarmac have now applied to extend quarrying into an area known as "Ladybridge" - despite firm evidence that this contains perhaps the last remaining titual settlement in the area.
It is vital that this application is defeated - the current quarry at Nosterfield has revealed hundreds of archeaoligical features linked with the henges. It has also been demonstrated how inadequate archealogical methods are in helping us understand the archealogy of the area - we must preserve the last few remaining parts of Thornborough ritual landscape until better methods are available.
Heritage Action are working to stop this taking place and save these ritual sites, please sign their petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?Pet10001