While we don’t really know very much about Stonehenge at all, we learning more even now. While we have for quite some time now thought that the few bluestones of the megalith came from the Mynydd Preseli area of south Whales, did they?

New research seems to suggest something completely different. These findings were published in the journal Antiquity and argues that the somehow highly influential work of H.H. Thomas who posed that theory, to begin with, was based on very poor evidence. All that we truly know for sure about Stonehenge is that was built by a group of ancient people throughout several staged over the centuries. Now, that doesn’t sound like much at all, now does it?

The abstract of the study mentioned above goes as follows:

The long-distance transport of the Stonehenge bluestones from the Mynydd Preseli area of north Pembrokeshire was first proposed by geologist H.H. Thomas in 1923. For over 80 years, his work on the provenancing of the Stonehenge bluestones from locations in Mynydd Preseli in south Wales has been accepted at face value. New analytical techniques, alongside transmitted and reflected light microscopy, have recently prompted renewed scrutiny of Thomas’s work. While respectable for its time, the results of these new analyses, combined with a thorough checking of the archived samples consulted by Thomas, reveal that key locations long believed to be sources for the Stonehenge bluestones can be discounted in favor of newly identified locations at Craig-Rhos-y-Felin and Carn Goedog.

Basically, because of how limited the evidence was that Thomas relied on as time passed by the cracks began to show in his theory. These bluestones have been seemingly confirmed to not have come from Mynydd Preseli and instead that they likely came from Craig-Rhos-y-Felin and Carn Goedog. This really does change everything, for more information on Stonehenge please feel free to check out the video below.

 

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