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Craig Rhos-y-felin: a Welsh bluestone megalith quarry for Stonehenge

Pearson, MP; Bevins, R; Ixer, R; Pollard, J; Richards, C; Welham, K; Chan, B; ... Smith, M; + view all (2015) Craig Rhos-y-felin: a Welsh bluestone megalith quarry for Stonehenge. Antiquity , 89 (348) pp. 1331-1352. 10.15184/aqy.2015.177. Green open access

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Abstract

The long-distance transport of the bluestones from south Wales to Stonehenge is one of the most remarkable achievements of Neolithic societies in north-west Europe. Where precisely these stones were quarried, when they were extracted and how they were transported has long been a subject of speculation, experiment and controversy. The discovery of a megalithic bluestone quarry at Craig Rhos-y-felin in 2011 marked a turning point in this research. Subsequent excavations have provided details of the quarrying process along with direct dating evidence for the extraction of bluestone monoliths at this location, demonstrating both Neolithic and Early Bronze Age activity.

Type: Article
Title: Craig Rhos-y-felin: a Welsh bluestone megalith quarry for Stonehenge
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.177
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2015.177
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © Antiquity Publications Ltd, 2016 This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Britain, Preseli, Stonehenge, Mesolithic, Neolithic, megalithic, bluestone, rhyolite, dolerite, prehistoric quarrying
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1473821
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