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 ...
New research suggests stones came from Carn Goedog in Pembrokeshire almost a mile from site of excavations
I sure don’t want to sound like Hillary but what difference does it make?
I thought they bought the stones at Home Depot and paid extra to have them delivered and assembled at the site. May have been Lowes.
I have been to Stonehenge and moving those stones even a mile without heavy equipment was quite a feat!
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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...
and i have andean dreams
I have Andean candy, right here, so there.
Bluestones, I guess it isn’t a modern problem.
And this is just the bluestones quarry, not the really big ones. :’)
Thanks, nice pic find as always!
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Rustoleum stone paint in a rainbow of colors.
Dolerites found on the hill of Carn Goedog
“Archaeologists looking for Stonehenge origins ‘are digging in wrong place’”
Or, like a girl once said to me: “That’s not it!”
Is that clip from Raiders of the Lost Ark?
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
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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
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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.
Where’s the “I’m not saying it was aliens” guy?
If the climate had been cold enough, that might work, but alas, it wasn’t. There’s been a fairly steady drumbeat by a few that all the stones got to the site by glacial movements, IOW, they were just strewn around the general area, then 10000 years later someone came by and thought, how neat, let’s shape them just so and pile them up. :’)
It’s only a matter of time.
Just me being Daft, that road was used by me on a monthly basis, now the trip is two miles longer.
English Heitage have done a great job with the reorganisation of the site.
Access is now from a mile further north at a new visitor center.
Will be going down for a look-see in the next week or so, would you like a review?
It has been over 50 years since I was there. It was August of 1963. I expect that a lot has changed, everything except the stones themselves. There was no visitor center, no fence or gate, just a small road. The area around the stones was mowed and well cared for but there was no one there except the 3 of us. It was quite an experience and one I will never forget.
Yes I would love a review! thanks so much!
I hope to visit England someday, and Stonehenge is definitely on the list. With my list of sites that I must see, we will need to stay there about 6 months. :)
You are right, there is so much to see in England. Research it yourself before you go, I let someone else plan the trip and we saw what she wanted to see. :)