Boy Buried Near Stonehenge 3550 Years Ago 'was from Mediterranean Sea'
Stonehenge an Ancient Tourist Destination?



Boy Buried Near Stonehenge 3550 Years Ago 'was from Mediterranean Sea'
Stonehenge an Ancient Tourist Destination?

Stonehenge was attracting sightseers thousands of years ago, archeologists say, after discovering the remains of a Bronze Age boy from the Mediterranean.

The teen is believed to have been part of a wealthy group that travelled 2,500 kilometres from southern Europe to Britain.

He died, probably from illness, and was buried about a kilometre away while still wearing an expensive amber necklace.


Archaeologists say they have found evidence that Britain's most famous prehistoric site, Stonehenge, was attracting visitors from overseas as long ago as the Bronze Age.

Analysis of the teeth of a teenage boy buried near the stone circle around 1500 BC have revealed that he came from a Mediterranean region. Archaeologists believe Stonehenge may have already had a reputation as a spectacular monument at that time.

Although the true purpose of the iconic British site is unknown, scientists and other researchers have long held that Stonehenge served as an ancient temple or burial ground for important individuals.

This discovery supports the idea that Stonehenge would have served as a place of pilgrimage or sightseeing as far back as 4000 years ago.


The remains of the teenager were discovered next to a Bronze Age burial mound, during roadworks for military housing.

"He's around 14 or 15 years old and he's buried with this beautiful necklace," said Professor Jane Evans, head of archaeological science for the BGS. "The position of his burial, the fact he's near Stonehenge, and the necklace all suggest he's of significant status."


Experts determined the teenager’s place of birth, and where he was raised, by measuring the levels of oxygen and strontium in the enamel on his teeth. The oxygen level in teeth can reveal where water was usually imbibed.
 
Archaeologists say that they have now found evidence that Stonehenge was attracting visitors from overseas long ago. It is believed that Stonehenge was some type of ancient temple or burial ground for important individuals.

New evidence may suggest that Stonehenge was such an important monument that people would visit the site as far back as 4000 years ago.