British identity began 5,000 years ago during ‘late Neolithic Brexit’, say archaeologists

Stonehenge stones did not come via the sea, new study suggests 

The birth of British identity began 5,000 years ago when the country found itself secluded from the continent in a ‘late Neolithic Brexit’ archaeologists believe.

A new study suggests that monuments like Stonehenge and Avebury acted like prehistoric focal points, drawing Britons from the far corners of Scotland, England and Wales to central meeting places in England where they could feast together as compatriots.

The lengthy pilgrimages have been uncovered by studying pig bones at settlements surrounding megalithic stone circles and henges, which show the animals had travelled vast distances.

The mass gatherings probably coincided with important dates in the agricultural calendar, and according…

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