Over the years, many archeologists and other researchers speculated about the origin and meaning of the stones assembled at Stonehenge. Researchers now claim that the original location of the rocks erected at the site was over 100 miles away.
If this is accurate, it means that an ancient civilization carried the rocks an extraordinarily lengthy distance to Stonehenge. But why would those who erected the monument choose rocks from so far away?
Researchers in the United Kingdom have finally solved a major piece of Stonehenge’s enduring mystery: the place of origin for some of the ancient structure’s most-famous rock formations.
The National Museum Wales and Leicester University have identified the source as Craig Rhos-y-felin, located more than 100 miles from the Stonehenge site. But this discovery, of course, just opens on to another mystery–namely, just how and why an ancient culture carved and transported the giant stones over such a great distance.
“Being able to provenance any archaeologically significant rock so precisely is remarkable,” Dr. Rob Ixer of Leicester University told the BBC. “However, given continued perseverance, we are determined that we shall uncover the origins of most, if not all of the Stonehenge bluestones so allowing archaeologists to continue their speculations well into a third century.”
This past year has offered a wealth of new research and discoveries at the Stonehenge site, including last month’s announcement that the worshipers at the ancient monument had erected “sun worship” sites there. Source: Origin of Stonehenge rocks discovered