Revealed: Stonehenge part of oldest UK settlement…and Brits ate frog legs first!

One of the “must sees” when visiting England is the world famous ancient site of Stonehenge. And today experts have confirmed the county of Amesbury, which includes the historic Stonehenge, has been continually occupied since BC 8820. That makes it the UK’s longest continually-occupied settlement.

Stonehenge has been seen in countless films and documentaries and to see it in person is a special experience, especially with the new visitors centre they’ve built. It’s not like Disney, so don’t expect fireworks or a little train taking you through. But if you delve into the history, it’s a very fascinating place- and a perfect spot to visit when traveling from London to Bath as it doesn’t take long to explore.

There has been another recent discovery at Stonehenge – and it just might make the French a little jealous.  There is evidence that frog legs were eaten by the locals there, some 8,000 years prior to becoming part of the French diet!

David Jacques, from the University of Buckingham, said to the BBC: “The site blows the lid off the Neolithic Revolution in a number of ways. It 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. We have found remains of big game animals, such as aurochs and red deer, and an enormous amount of burnt flint from their feasting fires.”

…and those frogs legs David. Viva la British!

Read more on the BBC News Website

Blimey! is your daily dose of British news and features for anglophiles everywhere. This article was carefully written by Tim Holt, a British actor and author based in North Carolina. He misses England very much indeed, but also loves America too. Forever torn between two magnificent slices of sod.