SCIENTISTS: STONEHENGE MAY HAVE BEEN A CEMETERY
Oldest bones were found buried in old holes of the original bluestone circle, Experts say this suggests the circle was originally a cremation cemetery. Such statements was made by a group of British scientists, reported by the Daily Mail.
British scientists led by Professor Mike Parker-Pearso, an archaeologist at University College London, have found 3000 years old bones in a stone circle, namely called Aubrey holes(named after the first scientists who explored the stonehenge).
They found the remains of at least 27 adults and young adults and were able to identify nine of these as male and five as female. The dating of the remains showed the remains found in the Aubrey Holes had been buried between 3,100BC and 2,600BC.However, for some reason, after 2500 BC, people stopped to leave the remains in a stone circle and started to bury them on the perimeter.Stonehenge changed from being a stone circle for specific dead individuals linked to particular stones, to one more diffusely associated with the collectivity of increasingly long-dead ancestors buried there.
Stonehenge was built in five stages between around 3000BC to 1500BC and had initially consisted of a small circle of standing stones known as bluestones, imported from Wales.
The origin of the stonehenge stays a mystery. Scientist suggest that it might be used as a cemetery, temple or even as a giant musical instrument.