Researchers in the United Kingdom have recently had a serious breakthrough regarding the mystery that is the Stonehenge formation:
the place of origin for a piece of the ancient rock.
Researchers spent the better part of 2011 comparing content and textural relationships of the rhyolite debitage stones found at Stonehenge, and were able to pinpoint 99% of their samples to rocks found at Craig Rhos-y-felin. (These particular rocks are different from all other rocks in Wales.)
Attribution to any “archaeologically significant rock” is pretty much a big deal. (ummm…craaaazy big deal!!!)
Earlier this year archaeologists began and are continuing their research of a grave found at the site. There’s a theory that the cremated remains of the person there could have been of someone quite significant, and a crucial role player in Stonehenge’s original construction.
But with this latest revelation, and the ones before, the same mystery still plagues. How did those giant stones travel that great distance (sometime between 3000 and 1600 BC)….and why?
(If rocks could talk I’d go up to this famous formation and yell at it saying, “Arg!! tell me all your secrets!!” )
- Scientists discover source of rock used in Stonehenge’s first circle (independent.co.uk)
- Stonehenge mystery closer to being solved (theinformativereport.com)