Stonehenge builders were replaced by wave of European migrants

The largest-ever study of ancient DNA shows that the ancient people of Britain, including the those who built Stonehenge, were almost completely replaced by a wave of migrants from Europe about 4500 years ago, BBC News reports. The migrants, known as the “Beaker people,” brought new customs and distinctive Bell Beaker pots from central Europe and Iberia. Using DNA from 400 prehistoric skeletons, researchers show that the Beaker people rapidly replaced 90% of the Stone Age people in Britain within a few hundred years, according to a study published this week in Nature.

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