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Monumental Roots

Science  03 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6166, pp. 18-23
DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6166.18

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Summary

Archaeologists are gaining a new perspective on why ancient Britons erected great henge and circle monuments like Stonehenge. Recent studies emphasize how the work of building monuments brought geographically dispersed communities together. Surprisingly, the stone circles were part of a package of innovation that began in Scotland's far northern Orkney Islands and later spread south to transform the British landscape.