The researchers assume that the location of the monument in ancient times held the first large-scale festivals in Britain.
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British scientists studied the bones of 131 pigs, was found on four sites of the Late Neolithic period, namely the settlement of Durrington-Walls, Parking Marden, mount Preset and the West Kennet Palisade.

The researchers came to the conclusion that on the territory of religious objects of the era of Stonehenge and Avebury there were mass celebrations, BBC reports. According to them, the guests brought with them meat, which they were cultivating in their home villages. This explains why in the ancient place were found the bones of pigs grown in remote parts of the island.

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The isotopic analysis showed that pig bones excavated near Stonehenge and Avebury, belonged to animals grown in Scotland, the North East of England and West Wales, and also in other places across the UK.

“These fees can be regarded as the first combined cultural events on our island. People from all over Britain converged in the areas close to Stonehenge to celebrate with the food they specially grown at home and were transported here,” said a researcher from Cardiff University Dr. Richard Madgwick.

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In his opinion, the rules of the ancient unknown feast at the cult place, apparently, demanded that pork was grown in different locations, not just purchased from local settlers.