August 13, 2009
Ancient London-area timber structure found
Archaeologists say the oldest timber structure found yet in the London area was discovered during the excavation of a peat bog near Belmarsh Prison.
Scientists from University College London's Institute of Archaeology said radiocarbon dating showed the timber platform, or trackway, to be nearly 6,000 years old, predating Stonehenge by more than 500 years.
Previously, the oldest timber structure in Greater London was a timber trackway dating to 3340-2910 B.C.