‘First united cultural events,’ archaeologists say of the’startling’ Stonehenge discovery.


‘First united cultural events,’ archaeologists say of the’startling’ Stonehenge discovery.

ARCHAEOLOGISTS were taken aback when they discovered evidence that Stonehenge may have once hosted some of Britain’s earliest mass gatherings.

A major exhibition at the British Museum, scheduled to open in February, will tell the remarkable story of Stonehenge, one of the UK’s most iconic historical landmarks.

More than 250 objects have been loaned to the museum from institutions in six European countries and the United Kingdom in order to put the museum in context with the time it was built, some 4,500 years ago.

The era was characterized by massive social and technological transformations.

The Neolithic structure is the world’s largest of its kind, but its purpose remains unknown.

Its massive size suggests it was crucial to those who constructed it, but archaeologists and historians have debated its true purpose for centuries.

According to a groundbreaking study published in 2019, the site could have been used for large-scale gatherings.

131 pig bones were discovered at four Late Neolithic sites: Durrington Walls, Maden, Mount Pleasant, and West Kennet Palisade Enclosures.

Stonehenge and Avebury, a Neolithic henge monument 20 miles north of Stonehenge, were served by all of the sites.

After conducting extensive research, it was determined that guests had brought meat raised locally to them, resulting in the pigs arriving from all over the United Kingdom.

The bones were found to have been raised in Scotland, the North East of England, West Wales, and other parts of the British Isles, according to isotope analysis.

The isotope signatures of the pigs were all different.

“This study demonstrates a scale of movement and level of social complexity not previously appreciated,” study leader Dr. Richard Madgwick told the BBC at the time.

“People from all over Britain descended on the areas around Stonehenge to feast on food that had been specially reared and transported from their homes, making these gatherings the first truly united cultural events of our island.”

In the third millennium BC, the Neolithic henge complexes in the southwest are thought to have served as a focal point for gatherings, with pigs serving as the main source of food.

“The efforts that participants invested in contributing pigs that they had raised themselves is arguably the most startling finding,” Dr Madgwick continued.

“It would have been easier to get them near the feasting sites.

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