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Monday, 1 October 2012

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Amesbury - Researchers from Sheffield University have announced the discovery of yet another mini-Stonehenge. The newest site, dubbed Sheephenge, is of recent origin and is reported to be constructed entirely of sheep, though the site has been difficult to study as it keeps moving around.

The announcement follows the recent discovery of yet another mini-Stonehenge that researchers nicknamed Bluehenge, due to the imagined color of the stones that may once have stood less than a mile from the larger and more famous Stonehenge.

"We're not exactly sure what color the stones were at Bluehenge," said Sheffield University archaeologist Ian McPuttock, "or even if there were any stones there at all. But we rather fancied the idea and wanted something a little more colorful-sounding. Earth tones have fallen out of favour."

The discovery of the two new henges comes close on the heels of other recent historical finds in the area such as Chalkhenge, Grasshenge, and Dunghenge. Sheephenge, which is approximately 80 miles southwest of London, is believed to be the most recent of all the henges.

"Dunghenge was the breakthrough we'd been waiting for," says McPuttock. "The Salisbury Plain is full of the stuff. We knew it was only a matter of time before we found Sheephenge."

Sheephenge was discovered this summer by researchers from the Sheffield University Dept. of Agrarian Antiquities. The site initially was reported to be approximately 2 km west of Stonehenge, but is currently believed to be grazing in a field near Shrewton.

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