Archaeologists claim that road developers in the United Kingdom have punctured accidentally a large hole through nearly 6000-year-old structure near Stonehenge at prehistoric artefacts of ‘Monster Cows’ known to be extinct.
They clash with the road developers that engineers on the site have potentially damaged these valuable artefacts by drilling a man-made Mesolithic Chalk Platform at Blick Mead, a tepid spring at the edge of the Salisbury Plain, where on-going archaeological excavations are being carried out since 2005.
The archaeologists point out that any further drilling would potentially eliminate key artefacts to unravel the prehistoric age which have been preserved in the water-logged ground by dropping the water table low.
The road developers in the site are being scheduled to construct a 2 Billion Dollar scheme of tunnels under the ancient site.
Professor David Jacques from the University of Buckingham stated that this is a travesty and if the tunnels are continued for construction the water levels will drop and all the organic remains will be destroyed.
The prehistoric evidence deciphers proof of an ‘Auroch’, an extinct large cattle. Professor Jacques went on to say that the excavation site in Stonehenge with evidence of Aurochs ‘hoofprints’ has been preserved with great care over the time, and they believe that ancient hunters considered this area to be a sacred place.
“These ‘monster cows’ – double the size of normal cattle – provided food for 300 people, so were revered”, he added.
The site that had been drilled by road developers is believed to be the earliest known inhabited settlement following the last Ice Age, dating back 12,000 years. According to the researchers, thousands of flint tools and bones of extinct animals eaten during prehistoric feast had also been discovered at the site.
"It may be that there are footprints here which would be the earliest tangible signs of life at Stonehenge. If the remains aren't preserved, we may never be able to understand why Stonehenge was built”, further stated by the Professor.
However, in response a Highways England Spokesperson stated that no damage has been caused to archaeological layers of the ground and they notified Professor David Jacques of the locations of their water table monitoring to adhere to guidelines of carrying out their work.
"The works have been undertaken in a highly professional manner, with an archaeologist on site and with due care being exercised at all times," they continued.
The drilling is part of preparations for the construction of a 1.8-mile tunnel a road link past Stonehenge in a bid to hide a busy highway from the popular tourist site.