The Cuckoo Stone
The Cuckoo Stone is a battered Sarsen stone located near the concrete blocks that mark the site of Woodhenge, 400 meters to the east of Stonehenge.
Recorded by antiquarian William Stukeley in the early 18th century, this stone fell a few hundred years ago.
The Cuckoo Stone is believed to be only a fragment of a larger megalith that has been broken up and used as a local building material.
An excavation in 2007 conducted by Colin Richards revealed no finds apart from a single hole.
That had probably once contained a wooden post and a pair of pits to the north of the stone that contained a piece of early Neolithic pottery.
Some worked flints and a small collection of animal bones could have been used to cut the stone pit.
These included roe deer antlers, an antler pick, and an ox scapula, commonly used as shovels.
Radiocarbon testing of the antler pick gave a date of around 2900 BC.
Colin Richards suggests that the Cuckoo Stone may have been standing when Stonehenge was still an earth and timber monument.
In addition, three Bronze Age urns were found buried nearby, each containing the cremated remains of an adult.
They hint that the Cuckoo Stone may have retained some importance more than a thousand years later.
What is a Cuckoo Stone?
A Cuckoo Stone is a type of artifact that is found in the South East of England.
It is believed to be a prehistoric stone tool, possibly used as a ceremonial object or for religious purposes.
It comprises various materials, including flint, chalk and quartz, and is usually decorated with intricate carvings.
Where do Cuckoo Stones come from?
Cuckoo Stones are believed to have originated in the South East of England but have also been found in other parts of the country.
They may have been brought to other parts of the country by early settlers.
What do Cuckoo Stones look like?
Cuckoo Stones are usually oval or circular in shape and are decorated with intricate carvings.
They are usually made from a variety of materials such as flint, chalk and quartz. The carvings usually depict animals, birds, or other natural objects.
Why were Cuckoo Stones made?
The exact purpose of Cuckoo Stones is unknown, but it is believed that they may have been used as ceremonial objects or for some kind of religious purpose.
They may also have been used for divination or for other superstitious activities.
When were Cuckoo Stones made?
Cuckoo Stones are believed to have originated in the South East of England during the Neolithic period (around 4000 BC to 2000 BC).
They have since been found in other parts of the country.
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