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Pre Stonehenge Megaliths Used for Death Rituals

Pre-Stonehenge megaliths were used for death rituals. Through the strategic placement of the huge megaliths in a remote section of Dartmoor, England, prehistoric people may have used the monuments for death rituals. British Archaoelogy was first to report that the similarities between the Dartmoor Megaliths, carbon dated to approximately 3,500 B.C. and Stonehenge, estimated at 3,100 B.C. The Dartmoor megaliths and areas surrounding them have been studied extensively by a team of archaeologists who found remnants of pig bones in the surrounding areas, indicating a "pig feast" was celebrated at the site and as well at Stonehenge.

Both sites feature massive stones strategically aligned with the sun, as it rose during midsummer and set during midwinter months. A second monument identified as Drizzlecombe was also found at the Dartmoor site which shares the same strategic placement of stones. Mike Pitts, archaeologist and editor of British Archaeology, reported that "huge quantities of barbecued juvenile pig bones" were unearthed near Stonehenge. Pitts maintains the bones found close to the sites indicate the pigs were born in the spring and killed not far from the site during midwinter.

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