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21 April 2010, JellyBean @ 6:02 am

The nine stones at Cut Hill, one of the highest points on Dartmoor in Devon, have been carbon-dated to around 3,500BC.

The discovery of the megaliths has delighted archaeologists and will reignite the debtae about the purpose of Stonehenge, which is 120 miles away in Wiltshire.

Standing in a line they are 1,000 years older than Britain’s most famous prehistoric monument. It means they pre-date Stonehenge, which was not begun before 3,000BC.

Both monuments appear to be clearly aligned to mark the rising of the midsummer sun and the setting of the midwinter sun whihc suggested they both had symbolic and astronomical purposes.

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