Archaeologists have accused street workers of damaging a 6,000-year-old building near Stonehenge, Britain's world-famous prehistoric stone-belt monument.
Highways England, which is responsible for building a controversial new tunnel In order to redirect traffic under the Stonehenge site, was accused of making a hole through a platform of flint and animal bones around 4,000 BC. To have dug. The damage was allegedly done when the workers at Blick Mead – an archaeological site located 1.5 miles from Stonehenge – drilled a 10-foot hole through a platform that retains the hoofprints of aurochs, wild cattle, since Hundreds of years have died out.
The incident has angered the archaeological team working with Highways England to preserve the prehistoric site. David Jacques, the chief archaeologist, told the BBC that the engineers did not consult him before starting work. He described the damage as "a travesty".
"We have taken great care to excavate this platform and the hoof prints of the aurochs," he said. "We believe that hunters have considered this area a holy place before Stonehenge."
Construction workers had been trying to find out if the proposed tunnel would drop the water level at Blick Mead and preserve the damaging remains in the water-logged subsoil.
"We do not know that damage has arisen to archaeological layers," said a spokesman for Highways England in a statement. "We've been teaching Professor David Jacques about the locations of our water table monitoring and we've been sticking to our guidelines while doing the work."
Stonehenge is one of the UK's most famous landmarks and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1