According to new research, the huge rocks came to Stonehenge in the south of England from just 15.5 miles away.
Most sarsens or sandstone boulders originate from West Woods in County Wiltshire, the researchers explain, citing the chemical composition of the stones. The Sarsens is up to 30 feet tall and can weigh up to 25 tons.
The study was published in the journal Science Advances.
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“Until recently, we didn’t know it was possible to pronounce a stone like sarsen,” study author David Nash said in a statement. “It was really interesting to use 21st century science to understand the Neolithic past and answer a question that archaeologists have been debating for centuries.”;
Portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (PXRF) was used to analyze the stones. “The researchers then performed inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and ICP-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) from samples previously drilled through a single sarsen stone and from multiple sarsen boulders from all over the south of Britain.” the researchers explained in a statement.
This led the scientists to West Woods. “The reason the monument builders chose this location remains a mystery, although researchers suggest the size and quality of the West Woods stones and whether the builders had easy access to them may have taken into account the decision,” they explained in the report. statement.
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Stonehenge continues to inspire historians. Earlier this year, English Heritage, overseeing the famous site, noted that parts of Stonehenge were reminiscent of ancient Lego.
2018 Experts said the site could have been built using the theorem of the Greek philosopher Pythagoras 2 millennia before the mathematical equation was developed.
The Stonehenge piece, which disappeared last year, was returned 60 years later when it disappeared through archeological excavations.
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The first monument on the site, the early “crow’s” monument, was built about 5,000 years ago. The world-famous stone circle was built around 2500 AD. Pr. Kr. In the late Neolithic period.
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The World Heritage Site is known for its combination with the movements of the sun – thousands travel to a place near Amesbury, in the south of England, to mark the solstice in summer and winter.
Chris Ciaccia of the Associated Press and Fox News contributed to this article.
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