Study: Builders of Stonehenge shared large barbecue feasts

Study: Builders Of Stonehenge Shared Large Barbecue Feasts

A new study describes some of the foods thought to have been commonly used by the residents of Durrington Walls, a site which likely housed the builders of Stonehenge.

Based on an analysis of pottery and other artifacts, it has been determined that dairy played a significant role within larger ceremonial spaces.

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Milk is often considered a symbol of purity, and it, along with cheeses and yogurts, are thought to have been offered to deities for ritual purposes.

However, in residential areas, pots showed evidence of being used largely to cook animal proteins, such as pork, beef, and dairy.

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Among the numerous pig and cow bones found there, most appeared to originate from adult animals which means they were likely brought in versus raised onsite.

The evidence of mass gatherings and barbecue feastings indicate that a high level of camaraderie probably existed among the builders of the rock monument.

Located about two miles from Stonehenge, Durrington Walls is believed to have been populated from 2700 BC to 2300 BC.

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