MINI-STONEHENGE PICTURES: Prehistoric Crematorium?

MINI-STONEHENGE PICTURES: Prehistoric Crematorium?
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October 5, 2009--As smoke rises in the distance, Stone Age travelers haul their boats onto the shores of England's River Avon at newly discovered Bluestonehenge, shown in a new illustration.

Found at the foot of a 1.75 mile (2.8 kilometer) earthen avenue to Stonehenge near Salisbury, United Kingdom, the 5,000-year-old mini-Stonehenge may have been a prehistoric crematorium, archaeologists announced on October 5, 2009. (Read full story: "Mini-Stonehenge Found: Crematorium on Stonehenge Road?")

The ashes would likely have been interred at Stonehenge, which is thought to have been Britain's largest burial ground at that time

The Bluestonehenge discovery was made as part of the Stonehenge Riverside Project, a seven-year archaeological investigation of the Stonehenge area, supported by the National Geographic Society's Committee for Research and Exploration. (The National Geographic Society owns National Geographic News.)

--With reporting by James Owen
—Illustration courtesy Peter Dunn
 
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