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Image Caption: Two burial mounds discovered atop Dorstone Hill in Herefordshire, UK contain the remains of two Neolithic-era 'Halls of the Dead.' Credit: University of Manchester.

Image Caption: Two burial mounds discovered atop Dorstone Hill in Herefordshire, UK contain the remains of two Neolithic-era ‘Halls of the Dead.’ Credit: University of Manchester.

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Archaeologists from the University of Manchester and the Herefordshire Council have unearthed the remains of two large halls that were constructed more than 6,000 years ago. The burned and buried halls, which were discovered atop Dorstone Hill, near Peterchurch in Herefordshire, are believed to have been constructed between 4000 and 3600 BC.
Some of the charred wood at the site shows the character of the structure of the buildings as they may have looked above ground. The researchers suggest these buildings were used by entire communities, but do not have enough information to determine how large each structure was. However, based on the length of the Neolithic-era barrows beneath each of the buildings, the researchers estimate the halls to have been 100 and 230 feet long, respectively.

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