Located thirteen kilometers north of Salisbury in Wiltshire, England, Stonehenge is a megalithic monument made up of concentric circular structures. The site, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, attracts millions of visitors every year.
At least in normal times. Like most tourist and historical flagships, it is not immune to the aftermath of the Covid-19 health crisis. A reality that definitely seems to make the researchers’ work easier. Proof of this is that new archaeological work is now shedding light on some of the legends surrounding the famous megalithic monument.
A burial place
According to legend, Stonehenge was built by a giant under the command of Merlin the Wizard. The legendary magical prophet is said to have advised King Aurelius Ambrose to bring some of the magical stones from Mount Killarus (Ireland) to this region of England in order to build a burial place there.
To verify the accuracy of this report, Michael Parker Pearson, archaeologist at University College London, and his colleagues examined the Neolithic stone monuments around the Preseli Hills. Note that an earlier study indicated that Stonehenge’s blue stones came from these hills in West Wales.
The legendary prophet mage is said to have advised King Aurelius Ambrose to bring some of the magical stones from Mount Killarus to this region of England. Photo credit: Shutterstock / Salisbury, UK
First built in Waun Mawn?
After all, the stones of the megalithic monument could therefore not have come from the above-mentioned Irish mountain. Researchers believe that some megaliths from Stonehenge were first erected on a hill near the Pembrokeshire coast in a place called Waun Mawn.
Quarry tools were found during excavations in the Preseli hills, suggesting that the megaliths were quarried during the Stone Age. Note that they also discovered charred wood and hazelnuts there, confirming that the quarries were built around 5400 BC. Were exploited. Based on these findings, it could be 400 years before workers bring these boulders to Stonehenge. A hypothesis that archaeologists believe is unlikely.
Stones from a quarried site?
According to this, the stones may have been used elsewhere before they were erected in Stonehenge. They then decided to do a new excavation at Waun Mawn and found holes in a circle that were used to lift stones identical to those at Stonehenge.
According to Michael Parker Pearson, it is likely that the Waun Mawn Stone Circle was dismantled when entire families left the area to live further east. Some of the stones would later have been erected at the current location by Stonehenge.