STONES OF THE ANCIENTS
By Angela Garrity, Guest Blogger
Stonehenge is one of the oldest and most mysterious wonders of the world. Science just made a monumental discovery regarding a group of stones that makes up part of this structure. Archaeologists have sourced the stones to an area about 15 miles north of the ancient structure at West Woods.
Sometimes, all it takes is finding that missing piece to help complete the puzzle.
The sarsen stones are enormous. Measuring seven meters tall and weighing about 20 tons, they form the central horseshoe and outermost setting. Until recently, their origin has remained almost as mysterious as the structure itself. Science finally found the missing piece—quite literally—to the age-old mystery, thanks to 21st-century technology and a gentleman part of a past dig, who had held onto a small piece of history.
In 1958, Robert Phillips was involved in the excavations of the prehistoric site. Mr. Phillips returned part of the core last year. A test was conducted on the piece of the core from the sarsen stone that was in Mr. Phillips’s possession. It matched the findings of the standing stones after a geochemical study was completed.
English Heritage's Susan Greaney stated, "To be able to pinpoint the area that Stonehenge's builders used to source their materials around 2,500 BC is a real thrill,” according to the BBC.
This just proves that both science and Stonehenge still rock.
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