The Thornborough Henges is one of the most important pre-historic site in Britain, yet scarcely visited by tourists. It’s an earthwork complex located near the village of Thornborough, close to the town of Masham in North Yorkshire, England. This area in the Vale of Mowbray, has a remarkable collection of Neolithic monuments including no less than six large henges, all of similar size and design, and located within 10 km of each other. The Thornborough Henges is the most impressive among these.
Henges are a particular type of earthwork of the Neolithic period, typically consisting of a roughly circular ring of bank with a ditch inside. The Thornborough Henges comprises of three henges almost identical in size and composition, each having a diameter of approximately 240 meters with an earth ring 3 meters high. A 12 meter berm separated the banks from the internal ditches which were each about 20 meters wide and 3 meters deep while all three henges had twin entrances to the northwest and the southeast. The henges are located around 550 m apart on an approximate northwest-southeast alignment, though not exactly in a straight line. Altogether, the monument extends for more than a mile.
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