Stonehenge remains reflect 'surprising degree' of gender equality

Surprising Gender Equality Found At Stonehenge

Ancient societies may seem dominated by men, but a new study has found that this was likely not the case in one famous area.

New research involving a cache of bones excavated from Stonehenge has found that of the 23 individuals who were identified, 14 were women.

The editor of British Archaeology, Mike Pitts, told Discovery News, "The archaeology now shows that as far as the burials go, women were as prominent there as men."

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Stonehenge remains reflect 'surprising degree' of gender equality
WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: Revellers watch sunrise over Stonehenge during celebrations to mark the summer solstice at the prehistoric monument on June 21, 2014 in Wiltshire, England. An estimated 37,000 revellers and modern day druids gathered at Stonehenge, a tradition dating back thousands of years, to celebrate the solstice and watch the sunrise. (Photo by Rufus Cox/Getty Images)
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Aerial view of Stonehenge National Monument, Salisbury Plain, Great Britain.

Overall, the team concluded that there was a "surprising degree of gender equality."

These women are thought to have had stature in the community which corroborates the theory that Stonehenge acted, in part, as a cemetery for important figures.

The work was done by sifting through nearly 100 pounds of bone fragments; workers had to identify the anatomical position of each piece, then determine the gender and age of the prehistoric people represented.

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