Stonehenge: The Cosmic Cemetery

Scholars are closer to unlocking the mystery of the ancient monument, Stonehenge.

This month, Michael Parker-Pearson at University College London published an article in Antiquity supporting the “graveyard theory,” which is the idea that the site was used as a cremation cemetery for 5 centuries between 3,100 and 2,600 BCE. He bases this theory on his discovery of charred skeletons found in holes above which archaeologists believe originally stood a burial marker in the form of a standing stone. The holes are arranged in a circle around the monoliths that still stand today.

Clearly, rituals were held at the site since the monoliths that remain are aligned to the sunset of the winter solstice and, on the opposite side, the sunrise of the summer solstice.