In the 1920’s the thousands of years old remains of 25 people were found close to the mysterious monument. Unfortunately they had been cremated, so not much information could be derived from them.

Belgian scientist Dr Christophe Snoeck and his team came to different conclusions. He discovered that cremated remains may even be surprisingly useful in some ways.

“The recent discovery that some biological information survives the high temperatures reached during cremation (up to 1000 degrees Celsius) offered us the exciting possibility to finally study the origin of those buried at Stonehenge,” he said.

New studies on the cremated remains of 25 Neolithic people buried at the site show that nearly half of them lived nowhere near the now world-famous monument.

A team from University of Oxford analysed the 25 skull bones, discovering that ten of those cremated originated from western Britain. Five of the ten were potentially from southwest Wales; the same area from which the bluestones that made the monument’s original structure originated from.

It’s still not known how they managed to transport the bluestones.

Particularly fascinating is the fact that this giant structure was erected by what many assume was a very primitive people with only rudimentary tools, who didn’t even live near the site.

Wild theories such as those claiming a lost civilization with superior knowledge with or without help from superadvanced aliens is responsible for all the giant ancient buildings circulate on the internet. These theories lack any kind of real proof, but seem to explain similarities in all sorts of myths in many different cultures who did not have any contact. Many different cultures talk about a massive war between the Gods, for example. For some people these ‘gods’ are simply aliens who thousands of years ago fought out a catastrophic war amongst each other. To be fair, as crazy as it may sound, it’s not entirely impossible and we shouldn’t dismiss this theory too quickly. The most groundbreaking theories were all ridiculed before they became universally accepted. So who knows?

If we stick to the tangible facts however, it’s more likely that our ancestors were just as imaginative and creative as some people today.

What seems to be going on when people take myths literally, is the same reflex as if thousands of years from now a researcher would conclude that Game of Thrones really happened.

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