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This suggests that the beaker craze was not always down to a large, migrating group, but in fact appeared separately in several cultures.

This theory is supported by regional differences found in the ceramics and burial style of beaker cultures in separate regions.

They received their name from their distinctive bell-shaped beakers, decorated in horizontal zones by finely toothed stamps.

The decorated pots are almost ubiquitous across Europe, and could have been used as drinking vessels or ceremonious urns.

This means that a large invasion by at least one group of beaker folk likely drove Britain's neolithic farmers from their land.

So, while the beaker culture across Europe may have sprung up from more than one source, its arrival in Britain was thanks to a single, invading force.

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DNA samples from beaker folk in Iberia and Central Europe were found to be genetically distinct.

Believed to be originally from Spain, the Beaker folk soon spread into central and western Europe in their search for metals.

But the sheer variety of beaker artefacts across Europe has made the pottery difficult to define as coming from one distinctive culture.

Scroll down for video Archaeologists have found a large standing stone (pictured) in Switzerland that may have once been a place of worship during the Bronze Age.

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The stone is thought to be a a menhir, a type of sacred upright stone erected by prehistoric humans The stone is thought to be a a menhir, a type of sacred upright stone erected by prehistoric humans.The distinctive, decorated pots are almost ubiquitous across the continent, and could have been used as drinking vessels or ceremonious urns.