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Well, the amazingly large stones of Stonehenge have been traced back to where they came from, a quarry in Wales over 150 miles away, how insane!

If you’ve ever been to Stonehenge itself, located in Amesbury, Wiltshire, in the United Kingdom, you would think that moving stones of this size from such a distance, or any distance really, would be impossible. Yet, somehow, our ancestors of thousands of years ago knew methods and secrets of doing so that we are still trying to figure out today but, we’re getting closer and closer to the how of it all every day.

Now the only question we really need to answer is, “Why?”.

The Huffington Post writes:

For the first time ever, scientists say they have determined the exact origins of some of the rocks that make up England’s famous Stonehenge.

By studying the mineral make-up and texture of fragments of the stones, two geologists claim to have traced the rocks that form a horseshoe and the innermost ring of the prehistoric landmark to an outcropping 160 miles away, according to the BBC.

The rhyolite debitage rocks — dubbed bluestones — come from a 230-foot cluster in Pembrokeshire, Wales, called Craig Rhos-y-Felin, The Independentreports.

Though significant, the discovery by geologists Robert Ixer and Richard Bevins doesn’t answer one of Stonehenge’s biggest mysteries: How exactly the builders of the ancient site transported the rocks such a great distance.

Read more @ huffingtonpost.com

  1. pescude

    the stones were wrapped in brush and timber, almost like a wicker basket so they could be
    rolled and floated, which show us how it was achieved. too much work to load them on a
    raft.they weren’t that dumb.
    The next step is to look for evidence of more details as to how the stones
    were rolled and floated down the River Avon to their final destination by early Britons.

    December 20, 2011 at 1:26 pm

  2. Youar content facinates me. I am always looking for strange things.

    January 3, 2012 at 12:12 am

  3. Cantábrico

    Early Britons = mostly Northern Spaniards. They are really strong and stubborn, believe me!

    March 16, 2012 at 9:56 am