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Festivals, Feasting and Animals at Stonehenge

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This resource supports the teaching of instrumental analysis, including gas chromatography - mass spectrometry  (GS-MS) time of flight mass spectrometry, using the context of archaeology.

The activity does this by relating the use of solvents, chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques to discoveries from the study of Stonehenge and the nearby settlement Durrington Walls. Archaeologists have been able to determine what people were eating at this settlement 4500 years ago as well as where the food was coming from, including some surprises about the geographical origins of the meat that was eaten.

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About the organiser

This activity is organised by School of History, Archaeology and Religion. Contact Julie Best at for more details.

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The resources including a teacher guide can be accessed online. If you have any queries please get in touch:

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  • TickKey stage five - ages 16-18, years 12-13
  • TickFurther education students

Teacher supervision is required.

Curriculum themes

  • TickHumanities
  • TickScience and technology
  • TickLife sciences

Activity type

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  • TickOnline resource


  • TickEngagement with our research
  • TickProfessional development (CPD) for teachers
  • TickSupporting curriculum themes

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  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • English Heritage
  • STEM Learning
  • University of York