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A new study suggests their pig roasts weren’t just neighborhood events, either—chemical evidence in the pig bones make a case that these epic barbeques forged alliances and brought together people from across the British Isles.
The big melting pot of pork suggested something fascinating—that these feasts were pan-Britain occasions. “These gatherings could be seen as the first united cultural events of our island, with people from all corners of Britain descending on the areas around Stonehenge to feast on food that had been specially reared and transported from their homes,” Richard Madgwick of Cardiff University, lead author of the paper, says in a press release.