German Stonehenge predates British site
Archaeologists say they have found the site of a German Stonehenge which is
even older than the British one.
The series of rings in a field near Leipzig in the east of the country are
said to be at least 7,000 years old - 2,000 years older than Stonehenge.
Archaeologists say it was the site of a stone-age temple where they believe
people and animals were sacrificed to the gods.
The 120-metre diameter rings also have gates, one of which works like Stonehenge
to direct the sun's rays onto a central point at sunrise on mid-summer's day.
In contrast to Stonehenge, the rings were not made up of giant rocks but of
thousands of oak-wood stakes which have not survived the passage of time.
Only the marks in the ground where the stakes once stood have remained - and
have now been discovered by the archaeologists.
Last updated: 12:35 Tuesday 29th August 2000