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Who was buried at Stonehenge?

  • Mike Parker Pearson (a1), Andrew Chamberlain (a1), Mandy Jay (a2), Peter Marshall (a3), Josh Pollard (a4), Colin Richards (a5), Julian Thomas (a5), Chris Tilley (a6) and Kate Welham (a7)...

Stonehenge continues to surprise us. In this new study of the twentieth-century excavations, together with the precise radiocarbon dating that is now possible, the authors propose that the site started life in the early third millennium cal BC as a cremation cemetery within a circle of upright bluestones. Britain's most famous monument may therefore have been founded as the burial place of a leading family, possibly from Wales.

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R. Bradley 1991. Ritual, time and history. World Archaeology 23: 209–19.

R.M.E. Hedges , P. B. Pettitt , C. Bronk Ramsey & G. J. Van Klinken . 1997. Radiocarbon dates from the Oxford AMS system: Archaeometry datelist 23. Archaeometry 39(1):247–62.

J. Pollard & C. Ruggles . 2001. Shifting perceptions: spatial order, cosmology, and patterns of deposition at Stonehenge. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 11:6990.

G. K. Ward & R. S. Wilson . 1978. Procedures for comparing and combining radiocarbon age determinations: a critique. Archaeometry 20: 1931.

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