Archaeology News:The Dead of Stonehenge

New research into burials at Stonehenge:

In the past many archaeologists had thought that burials at Stonehenge continued for only about a century, the researchers said.

“Stonehenge was a place of burial from its beginning to its zenith in the mid third millennium B.C. The cremation burial dating to phase is likely just one of many from this later period of the monument’s use and demonstrates that it was still very much a domain of the dead,” Parker Pearson said in a statement.

The researchers also excavated homes nearby at Durrington Walls, which they said appeared to be seasonal homes related to Stonehenge.

“It’s a quite extraordinary settlement, we’ve never seen anything like it before,” Parker Pearson said. The village appeared to be a land of the living and Stonehenge a land of the ancestors, he said.

There were at least 300 and perhaps as many as 1,000 homes in the village, he said. The small homes were occupied in midwinter and midsummer.

full story:

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/05/29/stonehenge-burial.html

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2 thoughts on “Archaeology News:The Dead of Stonehenge

  1. Yes, the periphery of the site, its ditch and abandoned post sockets attracted casual cremation burials for a few hundred years – before the massive stones arrived. But when most people think of ‘Stonehenge’ they imagine the massive sarsens, not the earlier earthwork within which the stones were later to be set.

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