Archaeologists Were Clearing Old Army Ground When They Uncovered This Huge Hidden Battlefield

ADVERTISEMENT
Image: Wessex Archaeology

Salisbury Plain in the U.K. is well known for its Bronze Age and Neolithic settlements. After all, it’s where you’ll find the awe-inspiring gray columns of Stonehenge. But recently archaeologists have discovered something from the less-distant past, buried under the grounds of Larkhill Camp.

Image: Royal Engineers official photographer

You might not have heard of Larkhill, but it’s an important site for the British military. Set just over a mile from Stonehenge, the facility has played host to soldiers since 1899. The first permanent dwellings were built there in 1914, at the start of the First World War – and it’s from that era that the new discovery hails.

ADVERTISEMENT

Image: Console (Capt), War Office official photographer

Interestingly, though, while it may have been home to tented camps and military huts for over a century, it was only after the end of the Second World War that modern buildings were added to the site. Since then, Larkhill has become a garrison town; it houses both the Royal School of Artillery and the Royal Artillery.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT