Blick Mead in the news: Stonehenge tunnel plan could destroy site

University of Buckingham archaeologist David Jacques, who co-edits the book series Studies in British Mesolithic and Neolithic for Peter Lang and has a forthcoming book on Blick Mead, is drawing attention to the dangers of the Stonehenge tunnel.

Read more about the latest at the University of Buckingham site and in the news here and here. Look out for interviews with David Jacques on Channel 5 and other news outlets today.


Blick Mead: Exploring the ‘first place’ in the Stonehenge landscape. Archaeological excavations at Blick Mead, Amesbury, Wiltshire 2005–2016 by David Jacques, Tom Phillips and Tom Lyons. Edited by David Jacques.

The Stonehenge landscape is one of the most famous prehistoric places in the world, but much about its origins remains a mystery and little attention has been paid to what preceded, and thus may have influenced, its later ritual character. Now, the discovery of a uniquely long-lived Mesolithic occupation site at Blick Mead, just 2km from Stonehenge, with a detailed radio carbon date sequence ranging from the 8th to the late 5th millennium BC, is set to transform this situation.

This book charts the story of the Blick Mead excavations, from the project’s local community-based origins to a multi-university research project using the latest cutting-edge technology to address important new questions about the origins of the Stonehenge landscape. Led by the University of Buckingham, the project continues to retain the community of Amesbury at its heart. The investigations are ongoing but due to the immense interest in, and significance of the site, this publication seeks to present the details of and thoughts on the findings to date.

David Jacques has been the Project Director of Blick Mead, an internationally significant Mesolithic archaeological site, c. 2km from Stonehenge since 2005. Along with a number of leading specialists and community volunteers this team has discovered the oldest occupation site in the Stonehenge area and the place where the communities who built the first monuments at Stonehenge lived. These discoveries have contributed significantly to a new understanding of the initial settlement patterns and practices in the Stonehenge landscape.

The Blick Mead Project has been nominated ‘Research Project of the Year 2018’ by Current Archaeology Magazine, and has been extensively reported in the national and international media.

One Response to “Blick Mead in the news: Stonehenge tunnel plan could destroy site”
  1. Carol Finch says:

    Just watching Horizon: First Britons. Stonehenge. .Blick Mead. Excited about what they are finding there. I don’t think there should be a tunnel made for traffic.

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