The famous prehistoric construction of Stonehenge in the U.K. is fascinating because, like many other megalithic structures, no one knows exactly how or why it was built. It's in the part of Great Britain that has become famous for elaborate crop circles every spring, meaning it might be the site of some sort of Earth energy. Archeologists now think it may have been commissioned by the early Swiss or Germans, because they've found a 4,000-year-old grave of a wealthy archer from the Alps nearby who was from the area that is now modern Switzerland, Austria or Germany.
"He would have been a very important person in the Stonehenge area and it is fascinating to think that someone from abroad?probably modern-day Switzerland?could have played an important part in the construction of the site," says archaeologist Andrew Fitzpatrick. The grave of the "Amesbury Archer" was found about three miles from Stonehenge. He was buried with 100 items, including gold earrings, copper knives and pottery. His grave dates from about 2,300 BC and is the oldest known grave in the U.K.Stonehenge was built between 3,000 and 1,600 BC.
His place of origin was identified by the enamel on his teeth. Archeologist Tony Trueman says, "Different ratios of oxygen isotopes form on teeth in different parts of the world and the ratio found on these teeth prove they were from somebody from the Alps region."
It's not surprising if you know the facts about the amazing travels of prehistoric man.
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