Megalithic quarries for Stonehenge's bluestones

Mike Parker Pearson, Joshua Pollard, Colin Richards, Kate Welham

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Abstract

Geologists and archaeologists have long known that the bluestones of Stonehenge came from the Preseli Hills of west Wales, 230km away, but only recently have some of their exact geological sources been identified. Two of these quarries—Carn Goedog and Craig Rhos-y-felin—have now been excavated to reveal evidence of megalith quarrying around 3000 BC—the same period as the first stage of the construction of Stonehenge. The authors present evidence for the extraction of the stone pillars and consider how they were transported, including the possibility that they were erected in a temporary monument close to the quarries, before completing their journey to Stonehenge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-62
Number of pages17
JournalAntiquity
Volume93
Issue number367
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2019

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Keywords

  • Stonehenge
  • bluestones
  • megalith quarrying
  • Neolithic
  • Preseli Hills

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Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., & Welham, K. (2019). Megalithic quarries for Stonehenge's bluestones. Antiquity, 93(367), 45-62. https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2018.111