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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Stonehenge: Cemetery

Archaeologists studying Stonehenge have concluded the site is a monumental cemetery, originally for the ruling class.

Going on evidence and data collected over the years, including radiocarbon-dated remains from studies done in the 1950s, the archaeologists suggest Stonehenge was originally a cemetery for royalty and/or the ruling class. They say the theory is bolstered by the number of remains found throughout the ages - relatively few at its dawn, and many more later (suggesting the burial of offspring).

Of course, more mystical theories persist. In particular, one intrepid group of researchers insists it was a site for pilgrimage - most likely one where believers traveled from miles around in hopes of being healed.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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