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of them originated in Wales, source of the bluestones.
"Cremated human remains from Stonehenge provide direct evidence on the
life of those few select individuals buried at this iconic Neolithic
monument. The practice of cremation has, however, precluded the
application of strontium isotope analysis of tooth enamel as the
standard chemical approach to study their origin. New developments in
strontium isotopic analysis of cremated bone reveal that at least 10 of
the 25 cremated individuals analysed did not spend their lives on the
Wessex chalk on which the monument is found. Combined with the
archaeological evidence, we suggest that their most plausible origin
lies in west Wales, the source of the bluestones erected in the early
stage of the monument¹s construction. These results emphasise the
importance of inter-regional connections involving the movement of both
materials and people in the construction and use of Stonehenge."