10 March 2016

Stonehenge may be mentioned in 8th Century poem

An 8th Century poem, thought to have been written about Bath, could be the oldest surviving text to describe Stonehenge, an academic has claimed.
Mediaeval language expert Dr Graeme Davis said the poem could pre-date a previous text by several hundred years.
The poem, called The Ruin, mentions stones called "the old ones" or the "elders" and describes a warm spring similar to one found at Blick Mead.
Nearby Amesbury was recently named the oldest continuous settlement in the UK.
The town, including Stonehenge, has been continually occupied since 8820BC, experts have found.