by Jeff Wilson


Stonehenge is one of the most recognizable relics of ancient times. Despite its fame archaeologists are hard at work understanding its purpose and more about the society that put them there. Each of the multi ton pillars was transported many miles to their present location, where they’ve sat weathering time and war.

It has been long theorized that the pillars are a ceremonial tribute and cemetery plot for leaders and other noteworthy individuals in their society. The remains of 14 women, all believed to be of high social importance, have been uncovered. Out of 56 chalk pits dug around the circle of stones, the one designated Aubrey Hole 7 had the most remarkable evidence.

Radio carbon dating and a barrage of scans showed to that there were the cremated remains of twenty three individuals. Fourteen of them were women. The people had been buried there in the late fourth and early third millennium, making this on of the earliest burials connected to Stonehenge. The placement of the remains lead archaeologists to believe that the people buried were of high social status. The fact that so many women were buried, besides the men, is very revealing of their society.

“The archeology now shows that as far as the burials go, women were as prominent there as men. This contrasts with the earlier burial mounds, where men seem to be more prominent,”said Micheal Pitts, archaeologist and editor of British Archeology. ”By definition — cemeteries are rare, Stonehenge exceptional — anyone buried at Stonehenge is likely to have been special in some way: high status families, possessors of special skills or knowledge, ritual or political leaders.”

Its interesting looking into the past, especially considering all the foot work needed to uncover these secrets. The insight we gain into previous models of society shed a revealing light on the modern model. Who were these women buried at Stonehenge? What did their society value that highlighted their accomplishments? More tests and surveying are being planned now. Hopefully we’ll have more answers soon.


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