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Craig Rhos-y-felin: A Welsh bluestone megalith quarry for Stonehenge.

Parker Pearson, M., Bevins, R., Ixer, R.A., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Welham, K., Chan, B., Edinborough, K., Hamilton, D., MacPhail, R., Schlee, D., Schwenninger, J.L., Simmons, E. and Smith, M.J., 2015. Craig Rhos-y-felin: A Welsh bluestone megalith quarry for Stonehenge. Antiquity, 89 (348), 1331 - 1352.

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DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2015.177


The long-distance transport of the bluestones from south Wales to Stonehenge is one of the most remarkable achievements of Neolithic societies in north-west Europe. Where precisely these stones were quarried, when they were extracted and how they were transported has long been a subject of speculation, experiment and controversy. The discovery of a megalithic bluestone quarry at Craig Rhos-y-felin in 2011 marked a turning point in this research. Subsequent excavations have provided details of the quarrying process along with direct dating evidence for the extraction of bluestone monoliths at this location, demonstrating both Neolithic and Early Bronze Age activity.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Britain, Preseli, Stonehenge, Mesolithic, Neolithic, megalithic, bluestone, rhyolite, dolerite, prehistoric quarrying
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:24460
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:01 Aug 2016 14:12
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:57


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