Evidence indicates that the area around Stonehenge has been occupied since around 8000BC, but it was during the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods that the vast majority of the monuments around it came to be built.
During the past 10 years our commercial income has doubled and we have raised nearly £60m in donated income.
Each stone appears to have been a burial marker for a specific individual. " width="640" height="406" srcset="https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2016/04/stonehenge-excavations2016640w, https://news.artnet.com/app/news-upload/2016/04/stonehenge-excavations2016-300x190300w" sizes="(max-width: 640px) 100vw, 640px" / The remains were cremated over a period of 500 years, between 3,100 BC and 2,600 BC, according to radiocarbon dating.
After that time, the people of Stonehenge ceased cremations, instead burying their dead in a circular ditch surrounding the site.
Fast-forward five millennia to a balmy summer afternoon on a scenic headland known as the Ness of Brodgar.
Here an eclectic team of archaeologists, university professors, students, and volunteers is bringing to light a collection of grand buildings that long lay hidden beneath a farm field.