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June 23, 2005

Solstice

Skeleton remains found at Durrington Walls suggest contemporary druids are celebrating the wrong solstice at Stonehenge. This is the best sort of archaeological reasoning.

Analysis of pigs's teeth found at Durrington Walls, a ceremonial site of wooden post circles near Stonehenge on the River Avon, has shown that most pigs were less than a year old when slaughtered.

Dr Umburto Albarella, an animal bone expert at the University of Sheffield's archaeology department, which is studying monuments around Stonehenge, said pigs in the Neolithic period were born in spring and were an early form of domestic pig that farrowed once a year. The existence of large numbers of bones from pigs slaughtered in December or January supports the view that our Neolithic ancestors took part in a winter solstice festival.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 23, 2005 09:04 AM

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