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Scientists discover source of rock used in Stonehenge's first circle


"Scientists have succeeded in locating the exact source of some of the rock believed to have been used 5000 years ago to create Stonehenge's first stone circle.

By comparing fragments of stone found at and around Stonehenge with rocks in south-west Wales, they have been able to identify the original rock outcrop that some of the Stonehenge material came from."

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/scientists-discover-source-of-rock-used-in-stonehenges-first-circle-6278894.html
1speed Posted by 1speed
18th December 2011ce

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Almost worth reading for the comments alone. Quality. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
18th December 2011ce
Very interesting read.

"First of all the geologists needed to sort through thousands of tiny fragments of Pembrokeshire-originating rock found by archaeologists at and around Stonehenge over the past 70 years."

According to Atkinson, three distinct types and colours of Pembrokeshire stone were found.
The Blue stones, A single fine-grained pale green stone from Milford Haven, the Alter Stone and fragments of an entirely different grey-green stone found in various post holes, identified with a particular outcrop of the Cosheston Beds at Mill Bay on the south shore of Milford Haven, about 2.5 miles above the ferry at Pembroke Dock.

See http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/site/13658/altar_stone.html for more details
Chance Posted by Chance
19th December 2011ce
Research seems to prefer a human transport above glaciation. Wonder how they did it? Posted by greybeard
19th December 2011ce
Mike Pitts will be talking about the bluestones on the News at Ten tonight:

http://mikepitts.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/bluestones-on-news-at-ten/

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goffik Posted by goffik
20th December 2011ce
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