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