Radiocarbon dating of cremated bodies excavated from Stonehenge put the bodies on the site some 500 years before the first stone was laid. Burials continued until the last stone was erected according to British archaeologists. "It was clearly a special place at that time," said archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson of the University of Sheffield. "One has to assume that anyone buried there had some good credentials." Another indication of status is the fact that few objects were found with the remains. "One significant discovery, however, was a mace made of stone. Such maces have long been a symbol of authority in Britain, and even now Parliament has its own mace." according this LA Times article. Interesting read, hope to catch the TV special "Stonehenge Decoded,"