Researchers say Stonehenge started as a graveyard

By Alexi Knock,

Researchers have put forth a new hypothesis regarding the origins of Stonehenge and believe it may have started as a graveyard for the elite.

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According to The Associated Press, British researchers theorize that the spot served as a large burial ground at around 3,000 B.C.

The researchers, academics from English universities, have found human remains at the site that propose that 500 years before Stonehenge was built, a bigger circle of stones was created to be used as a community cemetery.

University College London professor Mike Parker Pearson of the research team told The Associated Press, "These were men, women, children, so presumably family groups. We'd thought that maybe it was a place where a dynasty of kings was buried, but this seemed to be much more of a community, a different kind of power structure."

Pearson added that archaeologists have found the bones of 63 people. He believes that the proposed earlier stone circle had about 200 individuals. The team also believes that there may be a second Stonehenge in southern England.

Other theories about the mysterious site include a place for worship, an observatory for astronomy and a place for healing.

One Twitter user joked about the finding, tweeting, “Archeologists are now calling Stonehenge a historical British rave site after digging up some ancient Moby eight-track tapes.”

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