Friday 2 September 2011

Tomb may be conclusive link between Preseli Hills quarry and Stonehenge.


ARCHAEOLOGISTS believe they may have found a conclusive link between Stonehenge and the site in Wales thought to be where the stones were quarried.
Carn Menyn in the Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire, has been at the centre of an investigation by experts looking for clues to the origins of Stonehenge in Wiltshire. They now believe they have unearthed the tomb for the original builders of the world-famous site on Salisbury Plain.
It is widely believed that the West Wales site was the place where the bluestones used to construct the first stone phase of the henge were quarried from around 2300BC.
The bluestones at the earliest phase of Stonehenge – also set in pairs – give a direct architectural link from the iconic site to this newly discovered henge-like monument in Wales.
The discovery of the tomb adds weight to the theory that the Preseli Hills are linked to Stonehenge, say the experts.
Two experts on Stonehenge, Professor Geoff Wainwright and Professor Timothy Darvill, have been leading the project. Their hypothesis is that the stones were brought to Stonehenge by a mammoth human effort because of the long-held belief in their healing power.
They are now excavating at the site of a robbed-out Neolithic tomb, built next to the original quarry.

The tomb at Carn Menyn

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