We Now Know Where The Stonehenge Stone Monuments Come From.
Stonehenge, a Neolithic masterpiece in southern England, has baffled historians and archaeologists for centuries with its many mysteries.
- How was this work built?
- What purpose did it serve?
- Where did the rising sandstone rocks come from?
There may eventually be an answer to the last question, as the latest article has published that the origin of most shakes is from the same ancestor as West Woods, an area 25 kilometers (16 miles) away, full of activity.
West Woods is a large tree located near the English town of Marlborough in Wiltshire, England. Its area is approximately 957 acres.
This article also supported the idea that megaliths (stone monuments) also came from Stonehenge more recently, and that, around 2500 BC, there was a highly organized work in the construction of the second construction site of the monument.
It also disproved the idea that the Heel Stone, a shaker, was erected nearby and before the others.
The new article was published in the journal Science Advances.
David Nash, the lead author of the paper and also a professor of physical geography at Brighton University, said that he and his team were applying a new technique to analyze this 9-meter and 30-ton large stones.
Initially, portable x-rays were used to analyze the chemical structures of stones. And the result was 99% silica and a small amount of a few elements in the rest.
“This showed us that most of the stones here have a common chemistry, and we realized that what we were looking for was one main source,” Nash said.
They then examined two core samples from one of the stones obtained during restoration work in 1958 but disappeared until resurfacing in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Using a mass spectrometer device that detects a wider range of elements with higher precision, they performed a more complex analysis on these samples.
As a result of the analysis obtained, these sedimentary rocks were compared with 20 possible source sites. The closest match was found with West Woods, Wiltshire.
The 17th-century British natural philosopher John Aubrey probably suggested a link between Stonehenge and West Woods earlier, and used the former name “Overton Wood”.
While previous studies argued that Stonehenge’s smaller bluestones came from Wales, 200 km west, the current study has shown that they settled at the same time as the sarsen stones.
“So, it must be a tremendous effort going on at that moment because Stonehenge is like merging materials from different places,” Nash said.
The idea that the first Britons might have dragged rock up to 30 tonnes along the sleds is current, although it has not been found for 25 kilometers. How it is placed remains a mystery.
Nash; “I think we are dealing with a very organized society,” he adds.
As for why they chose West Woods, he said, he might be the most pragmatist case facing dissolution.
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However, the area was also a hive of Early Neolithic activities.
At the moment, this area is a huge circular excavation that houses a huge ancient burial site called ‘barrow’.
Nash said the technique the research team designed could help answer more archaeological questions, such as the route used to transport rocks. This can be removed if sarsen chips are discovered at intermediate points.
He and his team hope to use the techniques on other legacy sites scattered around England.