Partying Stoneage style

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We’re often told - usually by politicians, doctors or lottery winners - that life has never been so good.

The implication being that we should rise each day feeling elated that we didn’t have to live through the industrial revolution or walk to school barefoot.

The olden days, the story goes, were tough times. But when we live in an age when wages are falling in real terms, benefits for the elderly and the sick are being cut, and jobs are mighty hard to come by, that argument loses a lot of its fizz.

But what about life in the far distant past? Did folk living more than 4000 years ago know how to have a good time, or were they too busy chasing wild animals for their tea?

It’s not a question that keeps me awake at night. Yet watching a TV documentary on the people that built Stonehenge - there wasn’t a lot on, I’ll be honest - did make me wonder.

By analysing animal bones that had been left at the site, the remains of multiple Stone Age celebratory feasts, experts were able to make firm predictions of where in the UK these animals - and by extension, the people that owned them - had come from.

It turns out that man and beast were travelling from as far away as Orkney to attend these Stonehenge tear-ups.

Now, when the only available mode of transport was their legs, and perhaps a rudimentary boat, that’s some trip to make.

These island-wide gatherings took place during the summer and winter solstices, and must have had some important spiritual meaning.

But to even consider making such a arduous journey, these people must have also known it was also the best party around. And that life wasn’t so bad after all.