Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Pig Shoots at Stonehenge? (Pearson, Thomas, Richards, Pollard, 2011)

One interesting thing about the Neolithic Grooved Folk of Stonehenge is that the glut of pork remains were likely shot from a distance:
"Whilst the pigs could have been shot at point blank range, the wide variety of bones with these injuries– from ribs to forelimb bones hints at the possibility of some animals being shot from a distance, perhaps in some blood sport prior to cooking."
After that, they were rather uniformly cooked, the authors speculate maybe on a spit.

"Stonehenge" by (Shelia Harrington) & "Pig Roast" by (Samwise the Awesome)

This chapter was written before I wrote this post on Michael Bott's venationes theory regarding some of the circular rings.  A pig shoot sounds more entertaining at least.  Fun for the kiddos.

During the Beaker Age, Stonehenge was improved and maybe re-purposed.  Bott had a few suggestions, and honestly the more I think of it, combat sports and sports sound very plausible for some of these venues.

Feeding Stonehenge: feasting in late Neolithic Britain (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313391888_Feeding_Stonehenge_feasting_in_late_Neolithic_Britain [accessed May 9, 2017].



1 comment:

  1. A freshly dead pig is considered an ideal target to test the effects of hand-powered weapons these days. Back then they probably didn't fuss too much about the already dead part. One possibility, anyway.