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Row over threat to ancient site

Row over threat to ancient site
trefwoorden: Engeland - Yorkshire - prehistorie - bronstijd - steentijd
A leading academic has criticised North Yorkshire County Council for allowing the destruction of the landscape around one of Britain's most important prehistoric sites.
Thornborough Henges, near Ripon, has the greatest concentration of late Neolithic and early Bronze Age sites in the country.
The complex results from the largest prehistoric quarrying operation in Britain but now construction firm Tarmac is proposing to extend its modern-day operations for extracting sand and gravel in the area.
The three banked and ditched circular enclosures or henges are scheduled ancient monuments and rival the World Heritage site Stonehenge.
Archaeologist Dr Mark Horton, a presenter on the BBC's Time Flyers programme which is to look at the archaeological aspects of the henges, criticised North Yorkshire County Council over the destruction of the landscape around the site.
Dr Horton, head of archaeology at Bristol University, said: "I've been appalled by what I've seen at Thornborough. Archaeological sites like this should be protected and plans such as these shouldn't even be proposed.

Lees verder bij: Yorkshire Today (27 oktober 2003)