The ancestors of the Britons who built Stonehenge were farmers who had travelled from an area near modern Turkey, arriving around 4000BC.
Researchers compared DNA extracted from Neolithic human remains found across Britain with that of people alive at the same time in Europe.
Details have been published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.
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The Neolithic inhabitants were descended from populations originating in Anatolia (modern Turkey) that moved to Iberia before heading north.
A study of Neolithic DNA has found that the ancestors of the people who built #Stonehenge travelled from Anatolia (modern Turkey), across the Mediterranean & reached Britain in 4,000BC, introducing farming & the tradition of building big stone monuments https://t.co/G1qGCNEZ4b
— British Science Association (@BritSciAssoc) April 16, 2019
Scientists investigating the origins of farming in Britain have said they have found overwhelming support for agriculture being introduced to Britain by a surge of continental migrants from Anatolia, bringing farming techniques, pottery and new religious cultures and beliefs.
The team examined DNA from 47 Neolithic farmer skeletons dating from 6,000 to 4,500 years ago and six Mesolithic hunter-gatherer skeletons from the preceding period, around 11,600 – 6,000 years ago.