The feasting habits of ancient builders of Stonehenge

Published on December 22nd, 2009 | by Admin

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A new research project is underway to look at the feasting habits of the ancient builders of Stonehenge.

At the time of the Winter Solstice, experts believe people would have brought livestock with them to Stonehenge for a solstice feast.

Initial research suggests the animals were brought considerable distances to the ceremonial site at this time of year.

The original Stonehenge Riverside project, which strengthened the idea that nearby Durrington Walls was part of the Stonehenge complex, yielded a surprisingly wide range of material ranging from ancient tools to animal remains.

“One of the unforeseen outcomes (of the Stonehenge Riverside Project) is the vast quantity of new material – flint tools, animal bones, pottery, plant remains, survey data, and chemical samples – which now needs analyzing,” explained Professor Parker Pearson.

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2 Responses to The feasting habits of ancient builders of Stonehenge

  1. J. Reedman says:

    They didn’t bring them to Stonehenge (which is a very clean site); the finds of cattle and pig bones are at Durrington walls, about 2 miles away. Part of the sacred complex, certainly, but it makes it sound as if there was all sorts of feasting and so on going on inside Stonehenge itself, when in fact it was unlikely to have been entered by any save priests and chiefs. Mike Parker Pearson’s idea is that Durrington Walls is for the living and Stonehenge for the dead

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