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Disproving Ritual Sacrifice at Stonehenge

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Later in the 17th century, archaeologist William Stukeley unearthed a series of primitive graves at the site. This discovery helped establish the theory that Stonehenge was built by Druids as to form a Druid Temple to carry out sacrificial rituals. The pre-christian celtic tribes were described (Hawkins “Stonehenge Decoded” 1965) to perform several ritual sacrifices at Stonehenge. Proof exists for the activity of sacrifices as skeletons were excavated and injuries depicted by bones were shown to be from arrow shots as the arrows found at the site fit perfectly into the the gaps, indents and cracks of the bones. Also there wasn’t any equipment found at the site to hold down people being sacrificed, meaning that this was could have been a gift to the gods (religious) or it could’ve just been a choice. Complicated analysis of the bones form an assumption that sacrifices were made to warn others not to commit crimes as death will be the punishment (many of the bones were thought to be the bones of criminals when considering that the jewellery surrounding them were traced back to distant places and tribes); it’s plausible to assume that if the Druids can kill someone just to please the gods they can at least go to this extent to give a criminal a death sentence. Furthermore, arrows that were buried close to the bones are made from metal (mostly iron), dating the evidence to the Iron Age (the era when the Druids existed). Cultural stories passed down from generations also suggest that Druids performed ritual sacrifices, indicating there was, at some period, the definite presence of Druids at Stonehenge. After the introduction of radiocarbon dating in the 1950s, analysis of Stonehenge astounded archaeologists; such a believable theory was proved wrong. Stonehenge predated the existence of Druids by approximately 4000 years and most human remains found at the site dated back...

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