Photo: Mini-Stonehenge Found: Crematorium on Stonehenge Road?



As smoke rises in the distance, Stone Age travelers haul their boats onto the shores of the River Avon at Bluestonehenge, shown in a new artist's conception.

Found at the foot of a roughly 2-mile-long (3.2-kilometer) avenue to Stonehenge in Salisbury, United Kingdom, 5,000-year-old Bluestonehenge may have been a prehistoric crematorium, archaeologists announced on October 5, 2009.

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

Bluestonehenge illustration by and courtesy Peter Dunn


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