Road workers drill through 6,000-year-old prehistoric platform near Stonehenge


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By Nick Bailey

LONDON — Construction workers drilled a hole through a 6,000-year-old platform near Britain’s iconic Stonehenge, causing irreparable damage to the ancient structure, archaeologists said on Thursday.

The structure in Blick Mead was drilled by Highways England workers as part of preparations for a four-lane highway tunnel to run beneath Stonehenge, said David Jacques, the lead archaeologist at the site.

“It’s complete vandalism,” he said. “We have dug in the area since 2005, carefully sieving and working at times with toothbrushes. And for them to have come in and done things with a hand drill and just smashed through the surface is really upsetting and appalling.”

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