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The study, just published online by English Heritage and free to download, also provides information on how much damage has been caused by souvenir hunters chipping off bits of stone, or by visitors carving graffiti - including Sir Christopher Wren, the architect of 17th century London!

Download the full report here: The discovery of a previously unknown henge monument has been found close to Stonehenge.

Following a detailed laser scan of Stonehenge last year, an analysis has just been published by English Heritage.

It reveals many more axe carvings and much new information on how the stones were shaped.

The project aims to map 14 square kilometres of the Stonehenge Landscape using the latest geophysical imaging techniques, to recreate visually the iconic prehistoric monument and its surroundings and transform how we understand this unique landscape and its monuments.“This finding is remarkable,” Professor Gaffney said.

“It will completely change the way we think about the landscape around Stonehenge.“People have tended to think that as Stonehenge reached its peak it was the paramount monument, existing in splendid isolation.“This discovery is completely new and extremely important in how we understand Stonehenge and its landscape.”The new “henge-like” Late Neolithic monument is believed to be contemporaneous to Stonehenge and appears to be on the same orientation as the World Heritage Site monument.

Using the latest geophysical imaging techniques, which "see" below the ground without excavation, it is possible to make out a dark circle of interrupted ditch.

There are two wider gaps opposite each other - these were entrances to the monument and are aligned on the midwinter sunset and midsummer sunrise - like Stonehenge itself.

Led by scientists from the UK’s University of Birmingham and Austria’s Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, the team used high-res magnetometers and ground-penetrating radar to map as deep as ten feet in a span of around 3,000 acres.

Vince Gaffney, University of Birmingham professor of landscape archaeology, theorizes that the arrangement of the structures around Stonehenge suggest that Stonehenge could’ve been used as one of the first instances of human ceremonial procession or liturgy.

Stonehenge has long been thought to be an isolated monument, which always added to its air of mystery.

It comprises a segmented ditch with opposed north-east/south-west entrances that are associated with internal pits that are up to one metre in diameter and could have held a free-standing, timber structure.

The project, which is supported by the landowner, the National Trust, and facilitated by English Heritage, has brought together the most sophisticated geophysics team ever to be engaged in a single archaeological project in Britain.