The original Stonehenge A dismantled stone circle in the Preseli Hills of west Wales

Authors: Pearson, M.P., Welham, K. et al.

Journal: Antiquity

Volume: 95

Issue: 379

Pages: 85-103

ISSN: 0003-598X

DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2020.239

Abstract:

The discovery of a dismantled stone circle - close to Stonehenge's bluestone quarries in west Wales - raises the possibility that a 900-year-old legend about Stonehenge being built from an earlier stone circle contains a grain of truth. Radiocarbon and OSL dating of Waun Mawn indicate construction c. 3000 BC, shortly before the initial construction of Stonehenge. The identical diameters of Waun Mawn and the enclosing ditch of Stonehenge, and their orientations on the midsummer solstice sunrise, suggest that at least part of the Waun Mawn circle was brought from west Wales to Salisbury Plain. This interpretation complements recent isotope work that supports a hypothesis of migration of both people and animals from Wales to Stonehenge.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35169/

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The original Stonehenge? A dismantled stone circle in the Preseli Hills of west Wales

Authors: Parker Pearson, M., Welham, K. et al.

Journal: Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology

Volume: 95

Issue: 379

Pages: 85-103

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISSN: 0003-598X

DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2020.239

Abstract:

The discovery of a dismantled stone circle—close to Stonehenge’s bluestone quarries in west Wales— raises the possibility that a 900-year-old legend about Stonehenge being built from an earlier stone circle contains a grain of truth. Radiocarbon and OSL dating of Waun Mawn indicate construction c. 3000 BC, shortly before the initial construction of Stonehenge. The identical diameters of Waun Mawn and the enclosing ditch of Stonehenge, and their orientations on the midsummer solstice sunrise, suggest that at least part of the Waun Mawn circle was brought from west Wales to Salisbury Plain. This interpretation complements recent isotope work that supports a hypothesis of migration of both peo- ple and animals from Wales to Stonehenge.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35169/

Source: Manual

The original Stonehenge? A dismantled stone circle in the Preseli Hills of west Wales

Authors: Parker Pearson, M., Welham, K. et al.

Journal: Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology

Volume: 95

Issue: 379

Pages: 85-103

ISSN: 0003-598X

Abstract:

The discovery of a dismantled stone circle—close to Stonehenge’s bluestone quarries in west Wales— raises the possibility that a 900-year-old legend about Stonehenge being built from an earlier stone circle contains a grain of truth. Radiocarbon and OSL dating of Waun Mawn indicate construction c. 3000 BC, shortly before the initial construction of Stonehenge. The identical diameters of Waun Mawn and the enclosing ditch of Stonehenge, and their orientations on the midsummer solstice sunrise, suggest that at least part of the Waun Mawn circle was brought from west Wales to Salisbury Plain. This interpretation complements recent isotope work that supports a hypothesis of migration of both peo- ple and animals from Wales to Stonehenge.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35169/

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