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The original Stonehenge? A dismantled stone circle in the Preseli Hills of west Wales.

Parker Pearson, M., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Welham, K., Kinnaird, T., Shaw, D., Simmons, E., Stanford, A., Bevins, R., Ixer, R., Ruggles, C., Rylatt, J. and Edinborough, K., 2021. The original Stonehenge? A dismantled stone circle in the Preseli Hills of west Wales. Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology, 95 (379), 85 - 103.

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DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2020.239

Abstract

The discovery of a dismantled stone circle—close to Stonehenge’s bluestone quarries in west Wales— raises the possibility that a 900-year-old legend about Stonehenge being built from an earlier stone circle contains a grain of truth. Radiocarbon and OSL dating of Waun Mawn indicate construction c. 3000 BC, shortly before the initial construction of Stonehenge. The identical diameters of Waun Mawn and the enclosing ditch of Stonehenge, and their orientations on the midsummer solstice sunrise, suggest that at least part of the Waun Mawn circle was brought from west Wales to Salisbury Plain. This interpretation complements recent isotope work that supports a hypothesis of migration of both peo- ple and animals from Wales to Stonehenge.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0003-598X
Uncontrolled Keywords:Britain ; Preseli ; Stonehenge ; Neolithic ; megaliths ; stone circle
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:35169
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:09 Feb 2021 09:31
Last Modified:27 May 2021 07:55

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