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Long-distance landscapes: from quarries to monument at Stonehenge.

Parker Pearson, M., Bevins, R., Ixer, R., Pollard, J., Richards, C. and Welham, K., 2020. Long-distance landscapes: from quarries to monument at Stonehenge. In: MEGA-TALKS 2, 19-20 November 2015, Redondo, Portugal, 151 -169.

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Stonehenge is famous for the distances moved by its stones, both sarsens and bluestones. In particular, the bluestones have their geological origins in West Wales, 225km away. Recent excavations at two of these bluestone sources – one for rhyolite and one for spotted dolerite – have identified evidence of megalith quarrying around 3000 BC, when Stonehenge’s first stage was constructed. This remarkable movement of bluestones from Wales coincided with a decline in regional cultural distinctions between west and east, suggesting that building Stonehenge may have served to unify the Neolithic populations of Britain.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Stonehenge; Megaliths; Bluestones; Quarrying; Neolithic
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:34408
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:10 Aug 2020 08:24
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:23


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