Stonehenge builders, away as modern-day Turkey (New Study)


Stonehenge was built by people who came from as far away as modern-day Turkey, a study has suggested.

The same nomadic builders also introduced agriculture to Britain.

They arrived around 4000 BC – around a millennium before the prehistoric monument was erected.

The findings were published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution and depend on DNA analysis of 67 Neolithic and six Mesolithic individuals in Britain.

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The researchers compared the data from the Neolithic people with DNA from people alive at the same time in Europe – specifically, Iberia (Spain and Portugal).

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The Neolithic inhabitants appear to have travelled from Anatolia (Turkey) to Iberia and then north to Britain.

The migration was part of a massive expansion of people out of Anatolia that began around 6000 BC, and there is overwhelming support for the theory that agriculture came with them.

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Although Britain was already inhabited by smaller groups of “western hunter-gatherers”, it seems the large numbers of newcomers didn’t mix well with the locals, the study says.

There was little interbreeding and the British hunter-gatherers were almost completely replaced by the Neolithic farmers.


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