The Stones of Stonehenge: the Preseli Component (Press Release)
'Perhaps one of the greatest mysteries surrounding Stonehenge is the origins of the stones themselves. How did bluestones from the Welsh Preseli Mountains become the construction material for the site of Stonehenge built some 5,000 years ago? In recent years there has been renewed interest in this question and it has sparked a review of the theories concerning their origins. Were the stones transported to Wiltshire by glacial processes during the Last Ice Age or are they the result of an epic feat of unprecedented engineering and transport by our prehistoric ancestors?
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Professor Mike Parker Pearson of Sheffield University is leading a collaborative project involving universities from across the UK in looking at this enigma. Their work has brought them back to Preseli in search of the quarries and sites that may be the start of the longest journey for megaliths anywhere in prehistoric Europe.
This year fieldwork will look at two bluestone quarry sites, a possible dismantled stone circle, and potential Neolithic settlement.'
Mike may have found the site of the Stonehenge bluestones, but he still is unaware of how they got them to Stonehenge - fortunately for him my book has given him a simple and comprehensive answer - a boat.
|Craig Rhosyfelin at the time of the Mesolithic|
(by Robert John Langdon)