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Stonehenge's Preseli link

"Perhaps one of the greatest mysteries surrounding Stonehenge is the origins of the stones themselves. How did bluestones from the Welsh Preseli Mountains become the construction material for the site of Stonehenge built some 5000 years ago?

"Professor Mike Parker Pearson of University College London is leading a collaborative project involving universities from across the UK in looking at this enigma. Their work has brought them back to Preseli in search of the quarries and sites that may be the start of the longest journey for megaliths anywhere in prehistoric Europe.

"Following initial investigations in 2011 the team have returned to excavate a quarry site at Brynberian, North Pembrokeshire,

"On Tuesday 18th of September at 7pm, at Brynberian Old School, Professor Mike Parker Pearson will be presenting a talk on the results of the project so far. Everyone is welcome to attend and there will be a small charge to cover refreshments."

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Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
12th September 2012ce
Edited 12th September 2012ce

Comments (5)

I went to this meeting tonight, and very interesting it was too. If the evidence of a match between a locally quarried stone, and a Stonehenge Rhyolite stone holds up, it's difficult to see how where the Glaciation theory can be right. Posted by cerrig
19th September 2012ce
“If the evidence of a match between a locally quarried stone, and a Stonehenge Rhyolite stone holds up, it's difficult to see how where the Glaciation theory can be right.”

Thanks cerrig, sounds interesting. How far away is that evidence for a match I wonder...
Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
19th September 2012ce
The geologist on the team described it as the best match he has ever seen, so it looks like the evidence is here.
A stone from Preseli was quarried and transported to Stonehenge, obviously not by glaciers. This would seem to the implication.
Whether this will stand future scrutiny remains to be seen. This is a National Geographic sponsored project, as explained last night, and unverified evidence is a no-no. So this would appear to be a fairly definite "leak" of some significance.
We shall see.
Posted by cerrig
19th September 2012ce
I suspect that the issue has become very contentious, and difficult to prove geologically, but the evidence does inch towards transportation. Lucky you to be able to go to the meeting, completely envious and of course on the side that the stones were moved by people ;) moss Posted by moss
19th September 2012ce
The fact people in the past thought the stones had come from ireland maybe is a vestige of something, if over 1000's of years ireland got mixed up with wales [ they came from celtic lands!!! - sort of thing], it's still amazing isn't it?, and because of all the different tuffs [some a bit soft] it does look like they glaciatied some of the way but were still in wales though when they brought them, so like lots of things in life where people want black and white answers, the truths maybe a bit of both. bladup Posted by bladup
19th September 2012ce
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