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Megalith quarries for Stonehenge’s bluestones

Parker Pearson, MG; Pollard, J; Richards, C; Welham, K; Casswell, C; Shlee, D; Shaw, D; ... Ixer, R; + view all (2019) Megalith quarries for Stonehenge’s bluestones. Antiquity , 93 (367) pp. 45-62. 10.15184/aqy.2018.111. Green open access

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Abstract

Geologists and archaeologists have long known that the bluestones of Stonehenge came from the Preseli Hills of west Wales, 230km away, but only recently have some of their exact geological sources been identified. Two of these quarries—Carn Goedog and Craig Rhos-y-felin—have now been excavated to reveal evidence of megalith quarrying around 3000 BC—the same period as the first stage of the construction of Stonehenge. The authors present evidence for the extraction of the stone pillars and consider how they were transported, including the possibility that they were erected in a temporary monument close to the quarries, before completing their journey to Stonehenge.

Type: Article
Title: Megalith quarries for Stonehenge’s bluestones
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2018.111
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.111
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Britain, Preseli, Stonehenge, Megaliths, Quarrying, Neolithic, Henge, Stone circle
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10050312
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