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Scientists, having studied the ratio of strontium isotopes in the remains of the deceased and the conditions for their cremation, came to the conclusion that some people buried in Stonehenge may have been from West Wales, and from there the ancient builders brought stones for the construction of the monument. About this informs Scientific Reports.
At Stonehenge, one of the largest Neolithic cemeteries in Britain, archaeologists have found cremated remains of at least 83 people. Previously, scientists repeatedly assumed that some of the stone blocks used for the construction of the monument were brought from West Wales. And, based on their recent research, there is reason to believe that the deceased were also born in Wales, not in South England.
The measurement of the ratio of strontium isotopes makes it possible to determine a person's diet in the last ten years of life (or so). This is what scientists have been doing. As reference (standard) researchers used the ratio of strontium isotopes in 17 plant samples from West Wales, and also used published data with the ratio of isotopes in plants, water and tooth enamel of people from different parts of the UK. It turned out that 15 people were local, and the remaining 10 last years of life were probably spent in the western part of the island, possibly in West Wales.
Earlier The Journalist reported that archaeologists had discovered a structure similar to Stonehenge.