“Neolithic humans were eating undercooked offal”: 4,500-year-old stool samples found


The exploration of the grounds of the Durrington Walls remain “virgin” compared to other archaeological relics that have been investigated for more than 100 years. That is why their findings are increasingly important, no matter how rare they sometimes tend to be.

The most recent discovery was made by a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge which investigated 19 ancient stool samples (from dogs and humans) discovered at the site preserved for around 4,500 years.

Through these samples we can give the first intimate tracks to understand the life of these people in ancient times.

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The researchers revealed in a paper published at the same university that 5 of the poop samples (four from dogs and one from a human) contained the eggs of parasitic worms: Capillaria, worms that are closely related to intestinal worms.

“This is the first time that intestinal parasites have been recovered from the Neolithic Britainand finding them in the Stonehenge environment is really something,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Piers Mitchell, of the Cambridge Archeology Department.

He added: “The type of parasites we found are consistent with previous evidence of winter feasting on animals during the construction of Stonehenge.”

For his part, the professor of said university, Mike Parker Pearson noted that this new evidence “tells us something new about the people who came here and the winter parties during the construction of stonehenge”.

One of the hypotheses used by researchers maintains that people they ate undercooked internal organs of infected animals, and also fed the leftovers to their dogs.

“Durrington Walls was largely occupied on a seasonal basis, mainly in winter periods. The dog probably arrived already infected with the parasite,” Mitchell said.

The Stonehenge settlement dates back to around 2,500 BC and is believed to have been the home of the people who erected the famous monument.

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