Fascinating new paper out about the Stonehenge bluestones - "persuasively lays to rest the misconception that Pliocene or Pleistocene glaciers might have been responsible for transporting the bluestones to Salisbury Plain"
Megalith quarries for Stonehenge’s bluestones
Parker Pearson, Mike, Pollard, Joshua, Richards, Colin, Welham, Kate, Casswell, Chris, Schlee, Duncan, Shaw, Dave, Simmons, Ellen, Stanford, Adam, Bevans, Richard and Ixer, Rob (2018)
"The geological and archaeological evidence from Carn Goedog, and the results from Craig Rhos-yfelin, have firmly identified Stonehenge sources and Neolithic megalith-quarrying at those outcrops. This persuasively lays to rest the misconception that Pliocene or Pleistocene glaciers might have been responsible for transporting the bluestones to Salisbury Plain (e.g. Kellaway 1971; Williams-Thorpe et al. 1997). The dating of quarrying activity at both outcrops places the megaliths’ extraction from the Preseli sources within two or three centuries of the bluestones’ first erection at Stonehenge Stage 1"
Megalith quarries for Stonehenge’s bluestones. Antiquity. (In Press)
Available under License University of Southampton Accepted Manuscript Licence.
Accepted/In Press date: 1 June 2018
Local EPrints ID: 421631
PURE UUID: 37e9a6b9-8385-45ff-bbe7-7a5007dd782e