February 28, 2019
A team of 12 archaeologists from across the UK has determined exactly where the rocks that form Stonehenge were carved some 5,000 years ago.
The research, published at Cambridge Core, traced two smaller boulders of the ancient stone ring to two quarries in Preseli Hills in western Wales.
While scientists have long known the stones came from this region, the new study determined the rocks were carved from the northern side of the hills — in quarries called Carn Goedog and Craig Rhos-y-felin. This debunks research from 1923 by famous British geologist H.H. Thomas.
“By going back and looking in detail at the actual samples he studied, we have been able to show that none of [Thomas’] proposals stand up to scrutiny,” geologist Richard Bevins of the National Museum Wales said in an interview.
— Andy Brown (@AndyBrown1_) February 11, 2018
Megaliths from #Stonehenge have been traced to this Quarry in Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire, #Wales… 180 miles away! The ease of quarrying there probably led to circles locally which were then dragged to Wiltshire and placed by Glastonbury. 🌟☄️ pic.twitter.com/NVNwAGBPe9
— Jah💜Sun (@Omniverse9) February 23, 2019
In order to compare the stones, researchers had to grind stones from Preseli Hills to dust and then compare their chemical signature to Stonehenge rocks via a process involving X-rays, Joshua Pollard of University of Southampton Archeology, the lead archaeologist on the study, said in an interview.
“It finally puts to rest long-standing arguments over whether the bluestones were moved by human agency or by glacial action,” Pollard said.
Stonehenge rocks🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/dyNkF4XSbo
— Laura Meyne (@LauraMeyne)