The non-local origin of the cattle emphasizes the importance of the site, as it could draw prosperous cattle-owning visitors from afar. Together with the recent story on the Stonehenge fence, and its status as an elite burial ground, it appears that this was an important nexus of religious activity.
Stone-age pilgrims 'held barbecues at Stonehenge'
Analysis of animal remains found near to Stonehenge has shown that cattle were brought to the area from as far away as Wales or even the Scottish Highlands.
Scientists tested the chemical fingerprint of cattle teeth found at Durrington Walls, a Neolithic monument built 500 years before Stonehenge.
They found that far from being local, the animals could only have been reared in areas of Wales or Scotland, which have high levels of the chemical element strontium in the soil.
Dr Jane Evans, from the British Geological Survey who carried out the research, said: "It looks like people were driving cattle to the area from a significant distance away.
"The area must have been an important place for rituals and gatherings long before the first stones were laid at Stonehenge itself.
"People are coming from considerable distances and dispersion in order to have feasts and were bringing their own food supplies for what must have been a kind of bring your own beef barbecue."
The Republican National Convention is over and the event, and how law enforcement dealt with it, sparks a million questions -- or as my colleague Jeff Severns Guntzel writes, 50 million questions (a reference to the $50 million security budget for the four-day affair). Like me, he gathered a collection of projectiles fired at him during the protests, from "direct-impact rounds" to "Triple Chaser" tear gas grenades, and many of his questions revolve around what would've happened had any of these crowd-control tools -- many of which, the manufacturers warn, could result in death -- hit a protester or one of the countless media representatives or average joes ensnared on their way home from work. A definite must-read.
My co-worker Chris Steller offers video of testimony by journalists and protesters who were tased, beaten and shot with rubber bullets at the Republican National Convention. One man says police left the metal Taser prongs embedded in his hip for an hour and a half after his arrest, while another says he was praying to God, only to hear an officer say, "There's no God here; we're all devils."