by Stephanie Boyd
Exciting discovery reveals Stonehenge bluestones are not all from England --
Just what exactly IS Stonehenge? The world-famous ring of stone plinths has had millions enraptured for decades – perhaps even centuries – as the true origins behind the mysterious rock circle have never quite been unearthed from the murkiness of time. While it’s believed that Stonehenge was built by druids many centuries ago, there haven’t yet been any conclusive tests to prove exactly where the circle’s builders came from – that is, until now.
Thanks to incredible research recently undertaken at Oxford University, we now have a clear idea of where each of the stone-builders may have come from, thanks to tests which have been carried out on pieces of bone which date back to ancient times. It’s thought that up to 25 people from the Neolithic era have been tested on – their remains, at the very least – and that, for the most part, Stonehenge’s builders came from far and wide – and many from nowhere near the famous site in Wiltshire, England.
The tests show that around five of those tested likely came from Wales – where some of the stone monoliths are thought to have come from – while another five are thought to have travelled from the West of the UK to help build the historically important site. The research has managed to uncover the fact that an isotope containing indication of origin can still be ascertained through testing of cremated bone – this is as a result of the bone structure crystallising during the cremation process. As a result, the team led by Dr Christophe Snoeck were able to collate findings through intensive new means – which will hopefully help pioneering research into similar matters elsewhere around the world.
It’s currently thought that Stonehenge’s stones were sourced from a monument of sorts in Wales and were transported to Wiltshire to create a whole new stone circle – it’s thought that this may have happened around 3000 BC – meaning that moving the colossal pillars would have been no mean feat. It wouldn’t be particularly easy nowadays without vehicles to hand – making the achievement all the more astounding.
▶ Cremated Remains Provide New Insights Into The Builders Of Stonehenge
It’s incredible to think that we still have so much evidence of our ancient past so freely available to wonder at – and while Stonehenge may always be rooted in a certain amount of mystery barring the invention of a time machine, this week’s news proves more than exciting for archaeologists and historians alike.
▶ Stonehenge Was Built with Help from People from Wales: Study