Skip to comments.Archaeologists looking for Stonehenge origins 'are digging in wrong place'
Posted on 11/28/2013 5:42:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv
One of the mysteries of Stonehenge is how some of its stones were brought from Pembrokeshire in Wales to Wiltshire. Photograph: I Capture Photography/Alamy For almost a century archaeologists have been braving the wind and rain on an exposed Welsh hillside in an attempt to solve one of the key mysteries of Stonehenge.
But new research about to be published suggests that over the decades they may have been chipping away at the wrong rocky outcrop on the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire.
The work in the hills is a crucial element in the understanding of Stonehenge because it is generally accepted that the bluestones that form part of the ancient Wiltshire monument came from this remote spot in south-west Wales. One of the many huge puzzles remains how the bluestone from Wales travelled 190 miles to the heart of south-west England.
Since the 1920s much of the work in Preseli has focused on a spot known as Carn Meini. Now researchers are claiming that in fact the Stonehenge bluestones actually came from Carn Goedog almost a mile away.
Richard Bevins, keeper of geology at the National Museum of Wales and one of those involved in the study, suggested he was not going to be terribly popular with some fellow experts.
(Excerpt) Read more at theguardian.com ...
apropos of nothing...
Thursday, 8 October 2009
This is a major development, with two senior geologists presenting their evidence in print. The article is in the new edition of British Archaeology, dated 9th October. Needless to say, I feel very chuffed, and don't feel quite as lonely as I did yesterday!
Rob Ixer and Richard Bevins have studied thousands of rock specimens from recent excavations at Stonehenge. They conclude that many bluestones came not from Pembrokeshire, but from a far wider area, perhaps north Wales (Snowdonia, the Llyn Peninsula and Anglesey), or even beyond. The well-known spotted dolerite is a Preseli rock, they say but the likely source was not Carnmenyn (where archaeologists have recently claimed to have found quarries) but nearby Carngoedog.
The photo above is of Carngoedog -- identified quite a long time ago as the most likely source of the majority of the spotted dolerites, but of course studiously ignored by Profs Darvill and Wainwright and most of the other key archaeologists working in the UK.
Those people in Wales sure do spell words funny.
Is it at all possible the stones were moved across ice? Or that they were moved by ice? Have they ruled that out?
............One of the many huge puzzles remains how the bluestone from Wales travelled 190 miles to the heart of south-west England...............
“Now researchers are claiming that in fact the Stonehenge bluestones actually came from Carn Goedog almost a mile away”
OK, so now, one of the many puzzles remains how the bluestones travelled 189 miles to the heart of south-west England!!!
we oft wonder just how victorious that rock is Carnahan
we already no
That’s a mighty tall corral there pardner. They must have had some high horses.
Stonehenge and the Ice Age
How much do we know about Stonehenge? Less than we think. And what has Stonehenge got to do with the Ice Age? More than we might think. This blog is mostly devoted to the problems of where the Stonehenge bluestones came from, and how they got from their source areas to the monument. Now and then I will muse on related Stonehenge topics which have an Ice Age dimension...
thats either rubbing it in or a knead to know
lest ye be cu`
and that kills me
Happy Thanksgiving blue
stop touching that
Some seriously nice postings.
Yeah, those things look like hernias waiting to happen.
I had Lowes put one in my truck. Then I had to buy a new truck.
Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.
...MPP cut trenches clear across the Avenue with strange results theres evidence of grooves in the chalk, running all the way to the bend, and parallel ridges down the sides. It all looks artificial, but apparently its all natural periglacial action.
High Horses, probably Old And In The Way and acquainted with the Stones.
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