6,000-Year-Old "Eco Home" Found at Stonehenge

By Gary Cutlack on at

Scientists digging up more of the hallowed turf near Stonehenge claim to have found the remains of a 6,000 year old home, one that used a tree for a wall and is therefore proof of some sort of eco credentials. Or laziness.

The remains were found at Blick Mead, where surveys suggest that a hollow in the ground behind a fallen tree was apparently used as a home. Experts doing the maths and dating claim it was used as a home for a 90-year period from around 4336 BC, with the people who lived there decorating their little stump house and making it as homely as the times would allow.

"They've draped probably animal skins or thatch around the basin and connected it to a post so it's a very comfortable snug little place," said archaeologist David Jacques, who also says there's evidence that the inhabitants lined the floor with cobbles to keep it dry and hung flints and exciting types of stone from outside of the area on the wall as decorations; much like you or I might arrange Amiibos atop a computer monitor to display our wealth and taste.

They also seem to have heated their hollow hovel like an eco home by warming it not with a fire, but by bringing in hot stones heated outside, meaning they were some of the first people to get angry about ineffective storage heaters. [BBC]