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Archaeologists Pinpoint Origins of Stonehenge’s Mysterious Megaliths

Alex Fox/Smithsonianmag.com

For some 60 years, Englishman Robert Phillips displayed an illicit souvenir in his office and later his home. From time to time, he gazed at the broomstick-sized cylinder of polished rock, perhaps with a twinkle in his eye at the thought of its backstory. Then, on the eve of his 90th birthday in 2018, the British expatriate decided to send the three-and-a-half-foot chunk of rock back to its original home: Stonehenge.

Now, the pilfered object has played a crucial role in a new study that may solve the longstanding mystery of where Stonehenge’s famous boulders came from, reports Steven Morris for the Guardian.

Geochemical analyses published this week in the journal Science Advances have determined that 50 of the 52 sarsen megaliths in the English heritage site’s outer ring originated in the West Woods of Wiltshire—a full 15 miles away.

As Franz Lidz reports for the New York Times, investigations conducted around 100 years ago previously determined that the smaller “bluestones” at Stonehenge’s center were sourced from somewhere in the Preseli Hills of western Wales, roughly 180 miles from the ancient monument.

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  1. The huge laser cut temple stones at Baalbek weigh 1200 tons. Is there a crane today that can lift these things into position so that paper cannot fit in the gaps? The ‘Wellspring’ people could do it according to Anastasia. Us apes can only scratch the fleas on our bodies and wonder at it.

    • oakwood, I cannot imagine how they could move those stones….the ones at Baalbek are so, so huge!

    • VT visited Baalbek and climbed all over those stones. They are NOT laser cut..you can easily see it. That said…they are massive. Nothing at Baalbek is possible with ordinary physics.