Read the Beforeitsnews.com story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
Story Views
Now:
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:
Total:

Archaeologists Fight To Stop Controversial Tunnel Under Stonehenge Historical Site

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.


John Vibes, Truth Theory
Waking Times

Earlier this month, the British government granted permission for the construction of a controversial tunnel alongside the Stonehenge monument, which supporters say will help with traffic congestion in the area.

However, scientists and researchers are obviously concerned that the construction could destroy ancient sites or artifacts that have yet to be discovered in the Stonehenge area. Indeed, even after all this time, researchers are still making new discoveries at the historical site, and many of these discoveries are in the areas surrounding the most famous monuments.

  • Highways England first submitted a planning application for the site in 2018, seeking permission to make changes to the major single carriageway A303 road.

    The road runs very close to the monument and is a hotspot for traffic because it is so small, and not equipped to handle the growing population of the region. In addition to Stonehenge visitors, the road also carries heavy truck traffic and holiday travelers heading to seaside destinations in Cornwall and Devon.

    Despite the fact that the Planning Inspectorate recommended that the government “withhold consent,” they approved the application anyway.

    Highways England promised that the project will reduce the sound of traffic, and said that preparations will begin next year. In response, groups that want to preserve the area around the monument have begun a campaign to stop the construction of the new tunnel.

    Vince Gaffney, a landscape archaeologist at Bradford University and co-leader of the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project, which has recently made new discoveries at the site, said that technology is allowing researchers to learn more about ancient sites like these, even though it was once believed that these areas were fully excavated.

    Remote sensing has revolutionized archaeology and is transforming our understanding of ancient landscapes—even Stonehenge, a place we thought we knew well. Nobody had any idea these were there. What else don’t we know?” Gaffney said told National Geographic.

    Tom Fort, author of Highway to The Sun, a history of the A303, said that the road has been a source of contention for generations.

    “The road was never designed for anything like these levels of traffic. They’ve improved segments of it piecemeal over the years, widening them into four-lane divided highways, but the stretch around Stonehenge was always the tricky part. Nobody has ever been able to agree on what to do about it,” Fort said.

    The Campaign to Protect Rural England and the British Archaeological Trust, issued a statement to the government requesting that they reconsider the approval.

    “If A303 widening at Stonehenge is felt to be essential, it should be done by means of a deep-bored tunnel at least 4.5 kilometres [2.8 miles] long. Anything shorter would cause irreparable damage to this landscape, in breach of the World Heritage Convention,” the statement read.

    Not all archaeologists are against the proposed road, some of them feel that the traffic and noise are more damaging to the site, and could help people enjoy the attraction more.

    Stonehenge has been a legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument since 1882, when legislation to protect historic monuments was first successfully introduced in Britain. The site and its surroundings were added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1986. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage; the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.

    Image Credit: Danai Boonyamanon

  • About the Author

    John Vibes is an author and journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture, and focuses solutions-oriented approaches to social problems. He is also a host of The Free Your Mind Conference and The Free Thought Project Podcast.

    Like Waking Times on FacebookFollow Waking Times on Twitter.



    Source: https://www.wakingtimes.com/archaeologists-fight-to-stop-controversial-tunnel-under-stonehenge-historical-site/


    Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

    Anyone can join.
    Anyone can contribute.
    Anyone can become informed about their world.

    "United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

    Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!


    Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at https://mitocopper.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST


    Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at https://www.herbanomic.com M - F 9am to 5pm EST


    Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

    HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

    Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

    MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
    Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
    Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
    Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

    Immusist Beverage Concentrate - Proprietary blend, formulated to reduce inflammation while hydrating and oxygenating the cells.

    Report abuse
    Loading...
      Loading...

      Comments

      Your Comments
      Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

      MOST RECENT
      Load more ...

      SignUp

      Login

      Newsletter

      Email this story
      Email this story

      If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

      If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.