Stonehenge: Ancient Tourist Hot Spot
Skeleton found there traced to Mediterranean
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 30, 2010 10:50 AM CDT
A wealthy young teenager buried near Britain's mysterious Stonehenge monument came from the Mediterranean, scientists say, proof of Stonehenge's international importance even in prehistoric times.   (AP Photo/Wessex Archaeology, Ho)
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(Newser) – Religious site? Healing temple? Whatever Stonehenge was used for, it was quite the tourist hot spot. Isotopic tests performed on a recently discovered skeleton—dubbed "The Boy with the Amber Necklace" because of the beads tied round his neck—found that he traveled from the north coast of the Mediterranean to get there. And scientists say his hundreds-of-miles journey gives credence to the belief that Stonehenge was a top tourist attraction in prehistoric times.

Other skeletons have been traced to Brittany and the Alps, the latter of which was found buried with gold and copper items—a sign that foreign visitors were wealthy. The bejeweled skeleton belonged to a teen who died near age 14 or 15, potentially bolstering the belief that sick travelers came to Stonehenge in hopes of being healed, and were buried there if that didn't work out, reports the AP. Click here for more.

 

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