Herders, not farmers, built Stonehenge

Herders, not farmers, built Stonehenge

Ancient pastoralists linked to construction of massive stone monuments

By Bruce Bower, 13:46 PM September 6, 2012

The ancient builders of Stonehenge may have had a surprisingly meaty diet and mobile way of life. Although farming first reached the British Isles around 6,000 years ago, cultivation had given way to animal raising and herding by the time Stonehenge and other massive stone monuments began to dot the landscape, a new study finds.

Agriculture’s British debut occurred during a mild, wet period that enabled the introduction of Mediterranean crops such as emmer wheat, barley and grapes, say arch...

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