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Researchers in Poland have begun excavating the site of a mysterious 7,000-year-old ring structure believed to have been used for semi-regular religious rituals.
Located near the small village of Nowe Objezierze, about ten miles from the German border, the excavation site features a series of concentric circles dug into the countryside.
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For scale, the interior ring is roughly three times the size of the inner ring at Stonehenge.
Researchers believe the site was built around 4800 BC, making it one of the oldest human structures in Europe.
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The site was first discovered by a paraglider who noticed the strange patterns carved into ground in 2015, according to Polish news site The First News.
A year later, an archaeologist independently found the strange rings while looking at Google Maps.
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A group of researchers from unversities in Gdańsk, Szczecin, Warsaw, and Poznań began digging at the site in 2017.
They have so far found hundreds of human bone fragments, pieces of ceramic, dyes, stone and flint objects, and more.
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Researchers believe the site was in active use for between 200 and 250 years in total, and that the rings were constructed over time and not all simultaneously.
There are four rings in total, and researchers believe the trenches ranged between four...
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