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The Carn Meini outcrop in the middle-distance
The Heritage Trust
For decades, the origin of Stonehenge’s famous Bluestones was thought to be Carn Meini (above) in the Preseli Hills of Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales. Now a new theory places them a mile away from Carn Meini at Carn Goedog. Writing in Wales Online today, Martin Shipton reports that –
A team of geologists have identified a hill in the Preseli Hills as the site from which 11 stones known as spotted dolerites were transported to Stonehenge. New research has established that stones from Wales were definitely used in the building of one of the world’s best known prehistoric sites at Stonehenge – but that they came from a hill a mile away from the place previously assumed to be their source.
A team of three geologists including Dr Richard Bevins, Keeper of Natural Sciences at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, have identified a hill called Carn Goedog, about three miles from Crymrch in the Preseli Hills of Pembrokeshire, as the site from which 11 stones known as spotted dolerites were somehow transported to Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Together with his colleagues Dr Rob Ixer of University College, London and Professor Nick Pearce of Aberystwyth, Dr Bevins will next year have a peer-reviewed paper published by the prestigious Journal of Archaological Science.