LONDON, Sept. 28 (UPI) — British researchers say tests show a teenager buried near
Stonehenge 3,500 years ago grew up around the Mediterranean Sea.
Chemical tests on teeth from the ancient burial showed the person was a migrant to the area around Stonehenge, BBC News reported Tuesday.
The teenager was buried with a distinctive amber necklace scientists say is a clue to his position in ancient society.
“The position of his burial, the fact he’s near Stonehenge and the necklace all suggest he’s of significant status,” Professor Jane Evans of the British Geological Survey said.
The “Boy with the Amber Necklace,” as he is known to archaeologists, was found in 2005, about 3 miles southeast of Stonehenge.
“Amber necklaces are not common finds,” Andrew Fitzpatrick of Wessex Archaeology told BBC News.
“Most archaeologists would say that when you find burials like this … people who can get these rare and exotic materials are people of some importance.”
Evans likened Stonehenge in the Bronze Age to Westminster Abbey today — a place where the “great and the good” were buried.
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