Researchers excavating the area had already rewritten the history of French cuisine, but new findings have changed how we view the history of humanity itself. Ground samples and excavated objects show evidence of ancient tools, humans coexisting with long-extinct animals and group worship, trade and agriculture.
Researcher David Jaques said the research "blows the lid" off the theory that the humans who settled the area during the Neolithic Revolution, when the structure was erected, built Stonehenge. Rather humans had already been living in the area for a thousand years when the stones were put in place and unrelated European immigrants arrived.
"The area was clearly a hub point for people to come to from many miles away," Jaques said. "In many ways was a forerunner for what later went on at Stonehenge itself...They may have had the equivalent of local guides and there would have been feasting."