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“Amber necklaces are not common finds,” Dr. Andrew Fitzpatrick, of Wessex Archaeology, told BBC News. “Most archaeologists would say that when you find burials like this... people who can get these rare and exotic materials are people of some importance,” he said.
As tooth enamel forms in the first few years of childhood, it stores a chemical record of the environment in which the individual lives… Most oxygen in teeth and bone comes from drinking water, which is derived from rain or snow… Comparing the oxygen isotope ratio in teeth with that of drinking water from different regions can provide information about the climate in which a person grew up…
“We see the beginning of the Bronze Age as a period of great mobility across Europe. People, ideas, objects are all moving very fast for a century or two,” Fitzpatrick told BBC. “At the time when the boy with the amber necklace was buried, there are really no new technologies coming in [to Britain]... We need to turn to look at why groups of people - because this is a youngster - are making long journeys,” he said. “They may be traveling within family groups... They may be coming to visit Stonehenge because it was an incredibly famous and important place, as it is today. But we don’t know the answer,” Fitzpatrick speculated.
*The amber itself would have come from an area around the Baltic Sea.