Rather than founded by European immigrants as previously thought, relics uncovered during a painstaking search reveal that British settlers established the settlement, which dates back to more than 10 millennia.
And I think I'm old!
Researchers say the find provides evidence for people staying put, clearing land, and establishing homes. The first monuments at Stonehenge were built by these people.
The first monuments at Stonehenge, made of massive pine posts, built between 8,820 and 6,590BC, show their communities continued to work and live in the area for a further 3,000 years, close to the dawn of the Neolithic at the time Stonehenge was first built.
The findings provide evidence which suggests that Stonehenge should be viewed as a response to long-term use of the area by indigenous hunters and home-makers.
Of course, no pictures exist from those early times.
Makes you wonder at mankind's earliest activities, doesn't it? Ten thousand years ago, British people lived in communities, hunted game, harvested food and built places of worship. My imagination soars when I think of how men, women and children must have lived in the oldest continuous inhabited place in England.
At the time of my birth, WW2 was nearly over. Could those early societies in Amesbury ever have conceived of a world at war? Most Australian people made do with poor conditions, but society went on and I grew up supported by schools, libraries and justice.
Here in England, my husband remembers lighting gas lamps at night and being slapped for fiddling with the fragile wick beforehand. Seeking shelter underground during air-raid alerts became a nightly ritual.
That time seems so long ago to the modern generation with their electric lights, mobile phones and computers. However, our early years are overshadowed compared to life 10 thousand years ago—the birth of society.