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In addition, archaeologists discovered charred remains of a hazelnut shell that dates back to the Mesolithic and is more than 7,000 years old.
The remains of a important Bronze Age monument, dating back more than 4,000 years, and a possible prehistoric camp, were found in the town of Beaulieu, located in the county of Hampshire, in the United Kingdom.
Through two excavations in 2018 and 2019, a team of archaeologists and volunteers from the New Forest National Park and Bournemouth University found an extensive circular ditch, which is believed to have played a significant role for the local community during many generations, although its exact use is still unknown, park authorities reported.
"Monuments with seemingly open 'entrances' and interior areas, like this one, may have been gathering spaces, used to carry out rituals and ceremonies that were important to the local community," explained Jon Milward, project manager at the Consultancy of Archaeological Research of the aforementioned educational institution.
In addition to flint tools, pottery shards, and charred organic remains, archaeologists found five urns containing cremated human remains. experts date back to the Middle Bronze Age, between 1500 and 1100 BC.
In addition, after applying the radiocarbon dating method, the researchers discovered that the charred remains of a hazelnut shell date back to the Mesolithic or Middle Stone Age, between 5736 and 5643 BC. This shell and two flint tools from the same period were the first finds at the site, indicating that there may have been a camp in that area.
"There is evidence of regular modifications here and an apparent continuity of use for a long time, implying that this monument was perhaps more than just a burial place and played an important role in the community for many generations," Milward concluded.