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.
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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. :)
...I let someone else plan the trip and we saw what she wanted to see. :)
I hear you, but I am the “she” in this case. :) However, I am also the one who is a bigger history buff. My list of places to visit has nothing to do with shopping or other such nonsense.
Trip is a few years off, so I would appreciate any suggestions you have.
I am a “she” too. I went with my mother in law. But she invited me and paid for everything so......... :) what could I say?
I am a she too. I went with my mother in law. But she invited me and paid for everything so......... :) what could I say?
Too, too funny.
Sorry Big Red I just answered to you when I thought I was answering to another thread. Just ignore me. :)
No, you answered me correctly. It’s all good.