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New View on Stonehenge Burials
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New Rodio-carbon dates of human cremation buriers there indicate that Stonehenge was used as a cemetary from its inception just after 3000 BC until well after the large Sarson Stones went up around 2500 BC. Archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson has a new theory that Stonehenge was just half of a large riligious complex and also functioned as a huge cemetary.

"Stonehenge is full of burials. It's our biggest cremation cemetary from that time."

With national geographic support, Mike Parker Pearson leads the Stonehenge Riverside Project. Parker Pearson's team's excavating the plane's surrounding Stonehenge have discovered the largest Stone-age settlement found in Northern Europe.

"We knew this was a big viliage and I was thinking maybe few hundred houses, but what we found this year is that it was really big. We're looking a well over thousand houses."

Parker Person suspects this was the lost city of the builders of the Stonehenge.

"I think what we're seeing is a community that bringing all their stock with them, coming here for short parts of the year. This isn't a full-time permanent settlement."

He has found evidence that people came here to celebrate an important event in their calendar--the longest day of the year, the Mid-Summer Solstice. He believes they use the Stonehenge as a monument to the died. Perhaps on the same time less tha two miles away in Darlington Volz, the ancient Britains celebrateed life. Hear a vase circular earthwork known as a Henge dominates the landscape. It's twenty time larger than Stonehenge and was surrounded by a ditch and a bank, 18 feet deep and 30 feet wide.

In new excavations outside henge Darlington Volz, archaeologist found remains of houses from the third Millennium BC. Among the most remarkable discoveries are the remains of an oval hearth with two thick grooves visible in the floor where the person who did the cooking kneeled.

"The thing that really got my imagination going was that the knee holes that you get over there, and that, that just triggers imagination of someone everyday, sitting by the fire to cook or tend to the hearth and lots of things are there really got your imagination going."

Parker Pearson hopes to find more clues to the Stonehenge's mystery over the final three year's of the excavation project. his findings are featured in the National Geographic Magazine and reviewed in a national geographic channel special--Stonehenge Decoded, premiere in Sunday June 1. Check local listicks.

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