Radiocarbon dating human bones
In the early Bronze Age many burial mounds were built nearby.Today, along with Avebury, it forms the heart of a World Heritage Site, with a unique concentration of prehistoric monuments.If you're seeing this message, it means we're having trouble loading external resources on our website.
This enclosed an area about 100 metres in diameter, and had two entrances. Within the bank and ditch were possibly some timber structures and set just inside the bank were 56 pits, known as the Aubrey Holes.The earthwork Avenue was also built at this time, connecting Stonehenge with the river Avon.One of the last prehistoric activities at Stonehenge was the digging around the stone settings of two rings of concentric pits, the so-called Y and Z holes, radiocarbon dated by antlers within them to between 18 BC.At this time, when much of the rest of southern England was largely covered by woodland, the chalk downland in the area of Stonehenge may have been an unusually open landscape.It is possible that this is why it became the site of an early Neolithic monument complex.
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Excavation of these early Bronze Age barrows has produced several rich finds, including beads and other personal ornaments The stone settings at Stonehenge were built at a time of great change in prehistory, just as new styles of ‘Beaker’ pottery and the knowledge of metalworking, together with a transition to the burial of individuals with grave goods, were arriving from the Continent.