Evidence Suggests Stonehenge Barbecues

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November 1, 2015

The people who built Stonehenge had a preference for roasted meat, and archaeologists have the evidence.

Teams digging at Durrington Walls, the place in southern England where archaeologists are quite convinced that the builders of Stonehenge lived, have found evidence of open-air meat-roasting festivities.

One theory of the purpose of the area is for sacred feasts, at which the Neolithic people slaughtered animals as part of religious ceremonies or festivals. The evidence recently found, including large numbers of animal bones and chemical traces of dairy products, could lend support for that theory.

As well, the scientists found bones from every part of the animals, suggesting that the slaughter took place onsite and that the transport or guidance of such animals, some of which were not native to the area, would have necessitated quite an organization of resources.

Durrington Walls is the second-largest known henge in Europe.

The archaeologists’ report is in the October 2015 issue of Antiquity.

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