A HISTORY aficionado believes he has stumbled across a new historical discovery.

Professional photographer Adam Ibbotson, 23, from Windermere, is confident he has found an undiscovered large henge monument and stone circle at the Giant’s Grave site, near Millom.

According to Mr Ibbotson, last year’s rising summer heat levels revealed the alleged lost monuments, which are visible above on the surface of the field located in the village of Kirksanton.

Mr Ibbotson said: “There are a number of structures under the surface of the soil, directly opposite the Giant’s Grave.

“I’ve checked archaeological records in the area, and only the Lacra site and the Giant’s Grave Menhirs are mentioned.

“The sites are visible due to moisture sucked from the air, which makes it easy to see the shallow areas.”

If his predictions are correct, the professional snapper believes the reason why this discovery has not occurred sooner was due to photos being taken by chance during a rare British heatwave.

Last summer, a heatwave revealed two Neolithic ceremonial monuments, dating between 3600 to 3000BC, near Milton Keynes.

After viewing the aerial shots - taken during 2018’s unusual summer heatwave - Mr Ibbotson has compared the Buckinghamshire discoveries to the outlines found next to the Giant’s Grave site.

He said: “I’m sure every historian is aware of the discoveries found last year during the heatwave, where the dry grass revealed lost monuments below the surface of the fields.

“The photo (above) was taken during a dry period.

“The circle on the right shows a circle with dots lining the inside of it, similar to the layout of Wiltshire’s Avebury and Arbor Low, in Derbyshire.

“It’s well known that nearby this monument the site of Greycroft Stone Circle, in Seascale, was intentionally buried in the 18th century by farmers wanting to plough their fields - who’s to say this isn’t a similar situation.”

The Kirksanton area is especially interesting to the hobbyist historian.

He added: “Nearby to Giant’s Grave, there are another two bronze age sites, Lacra, north of Millom, and only a few miles away is Swinside.”

However, the professional snapper does admit there could be another explanation to the outlines.

“It could just be a modern ploughing track, but it’s the fact there is a straight line going under the road,” said Mr Ibbotson.

Going forward, he has already contacted historians and excavation experts, who are curious to see what the aerial images mean.

“There has been interest from professionals with reason to believe it may date back to 2000BC.”