Amesbury in Guinness Book of Records

First published in Headlines Salisbury Journal: Photograph of the Author by

AMESBURY has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records to be the oldest continuous settlement in the United Kingdom.

Tests on animal bones found during an archaeological dig at Vespasian's Camp last October have shown that the parish has been occupied since 8820BC.

Archaeologist David Jacques of the University of Buckingham, who led the dig, said: “The site 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."


Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree