Prehistoric toy found at Stonehenge

Stone pig facing right

Stone pig, snout at right

An archaeological dig was held at Stonehenge in August and September.

Archaeologists say that this carved hedgehog or pig, found buried at Stonehenge, England beside a prehistoric baby, may be Great Britain’s earliest known toy. …the 2,000-year-old Bronze Age toy [is] carved in chalk.

According to Pajamadeen blog,

Mike Pitts, editor of British Archaeology magazine, agrees that the toy most likely was “made for a child as a personal toy.” …Pitts strongly believes that the toy represents a pig, rather than a hedgehog. Noting that domestic and wild pigs were widespread in the Salisbury Plain region , he added: “I would say it’s without doubt a pig…And once we get into historical times, we know the pig is quite important in Celtic mythology, though not—to my knowledge—hedgehogs.”

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