Ritual monument discovered in Scotland dates to the time of Stonehenge

A massive “cursus” monument, a site for ancient rituals, that was built around the same time as Stonehenge, has been discovered on the  Scottish Isle of Arran.

Cursus monuments, which were constructed during the Neolithic period (4000 B.C. to 2500 B.C.) are long rectangular earthwork enclosures, meaning that they are built by modifying the land. The long enclosures were often outlined by timber posts and were used for ceremonial processions, possibly to honor the dead or worship ancestors. During some of those ceremonies, ancient people would have set those timber posts on fire, according to The Scotsman, which first reported the findings. 

The mounds of the cursus monument was discovered using laser scans.

The mounds of the cursus monument was discovered using laser scans. (Image credit: Historic Environment Scotland)

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