May 30th, 2008

Chris Keeley

New discoveries shed light on the original purpose of the Stonehenge monument, shown here in a photo

New discoveries shed light on the original purpose of the Stonehenge monument, shown here in a photo from the June 2008 issue of National Geographic. 



Ken Geiger/National Geographic

May 30, 2008

Stonehenge Used as Cemetery From the Beginning

At least part of the mystery of Stonehenge may have now been solved: It was from the beginning a monument to the dead.

New radiocarbon dates from human cremation burials among and around the brooding stones on Salisbury Plain in England indicate that the site was used as a cemetery from 3000 B.C. until after the monuments were erected around 2500 B.C., British archaeologists reported Thursday.

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