Building Stonehenge

A new study of ancient crops may identify the laborers behind Britain’s most famous stone monument

By Stephen Ornes, 14:25 PM September 27, 2012

No one knows for certain why ancient people built Stonehenge, a circular monument of stones in Great Britain. But somebody built it. A new study now concludes that it was most likely erected by prehistoric people who herded animals and moved around the countryside. Until now, most scientists had suspected crop farmers had built Stonehenge.

Farmers in the region may have started growing crops like barley and grapes about 6,000 years ago. At that time, the climate in Britain was wet and mil...

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