Stonehenge builders were infested with parasites, ancient poop reveals

The Neolithic workers who helped build the famous Stonehenge monument also left behind fossilized “poop balls” littered with parasitic worm eggs. (Image credit: Shutterstock)

In addition to a Neolithic monument, the builders of Stonehenge left behind something a little less memorable: fossilized dung. A new analysis of this so-called coprolite shows that during epic winter feasts, ancient workers and their dogs ate undercooked meat full of parasitic worm eggs.

The team of researchers discovered fossilized “poop balls” in a pile of rubbish at Durrington Walls – a Neolithic settlement located about 2.8 kilometers from Stonehenge. Experts believe the site will be home to many of the workers who built the iconic standing stone rings, could have acted as a solar calendarbetween 4,000 and 5,000 years ago, according to a statement by researchers. Stonehenge builders were infested with parasites, ancient poop reveals

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