Stone ducklings were older than Stonehenge

October 6, 2011 11:03

Landmarks Stonehenge, constructed more than 3000 years BC now ceased to be the oldest historical monument in England.

British archaeologists have discovered two stone artefacts, shaped like ducks, which, according to scientists, Stonehenge over a few thousand years, writes British newspaper Daily Mail.

Opening team of scientists from the British Open University can turn our understanding of Stonehenge — the oldest architectural monument in England. At least for the moment. This week, archaeologists discovered near Stonehenge huge landfill, where the bones of more than 100 people have been found remains of tours — extinct primitive bulls, which were the size of a buffalo. Initially, scientists hypothesized that the bones of ancient animals belonged to cows, but later came to the conclusion that they find much older than they thought.

Two small stone artefacts, shaped like ducks, also have been found in ancient tombs. Archaeologists first took them for teeth rounds, but then, after a careful study, concluded that the stone ducklings — religious objects that were buried with people and animals as sacrifices to ancient gods.

According to scientists, the ducklings were made by primitive people in the Mesolithic, Middle Stone Age, which dates from 9660 — 5000 BCE British archaeologists say that the recent discovery points to the fact that people lived in the Stonehenge long before this religious structure was built.

Archaeologists expect that after the laboratory tests found them finds, among which more than 500 ancient tools, will be on display until the built historic museum in Amesbury — one of the closest to Stonehenge settlements.

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