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An international group of scientists from the United States and great Britain came to the conclusion that the builders of Stonehenge were from the Mediterranean. On it informs TV channel Sky News.
The researchers analyzed the DNA of the remains of people who lived in the vicinity of Stonehenge 4-5 thousand years ago, and found genetic similarities with those who lived in Greece and Turkey, then in Spain and Portugal. Experts believe that about six thousand years ago, settlers arrived in the UK after crossed the Mediterranean sea from East to West. On the island they were replaced by a population of hunter-gatherers and started farming.
This migration was part of a large-scale expansion of people from Asia Minor, which began eight thousand years ago, resulting in Europe spread agriculture. Some groups did not cross the English channel, and sailed along the Eastern coast of the Atlantic ocean and landed on the Western fringes of the British Isles.
Stonehenge, located in Wiltshire, built around 2500 years BC. The most severe of its stones weigh 30-40 tons. The true purpose of the complex is still unknown, although it is assumed that it was used for ritual purposes or astronomical observations.
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