Stonehenge was a hunting landmark long before the monument was built

Long before the Neolithic people erected the majestic blue and sarsen stones of Stonehenge, Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age hunter-gatherers frequented the site, using it as a hunting ground. Later, according to a new study, farmers and monument builders moved to the region.

Previous research had suggested that prior to the construction of Stonehenge, the surrounding landscape included a closed canopy forest. “There has been a long debate as to whether Stonehenge’s monumental archeology was created in an uninhabited woodland landscape or whether it was built in an already partially open area of ​​pre-existing significance for late Mesolithic hunter-gatherers,” the researchers wrote in the study.

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