Stonehenge may have been built in Wales – Scientists | Daily News

Stonehenge may have been built in Wales – Scientists

British archaeologists believe they have pinpointed the origins of the 5,000-year-old prehistoric Stonehenge ruin.

A team of scientists, led by University College London's Mike Parker Pearson, reported in the journal Antiquity on Friday that they had unearthed a stone circle in Wales' Preseli Hills that they believe had been dismantled and moved 175 miles to Salisbury Plain and reconfigured as Stonehenge.

The "Waun Mawn" site -- previously disregarded over the years -- was found to have just four large bluestones left arranged in an arc. Pearson and his researchers uncovered evidence of an additional six holes that originally held a stone in 2018, giving rise to the theory that people had taken them as they migrated.

Upon measuring the diameter of the circular ditch at Waun Mawn, the group found that the ditches surrounding both sites shared identical diameters of about 360 feet across.

Waun Mawn -- which appears to be Britain's third-largest stone circle -- and Stonehenge are the only two Neolithic monuments in Britain that conform to those specifications and examination of charcoal and sediment inside the holes suggested that Waun Mawn's creation could be traced back to about 3,400 B.C.

In addition, the dimensions of the 43 bluestones at Stonehenge -- many of which are buried -- match the dimensions of the four at Waun Mawn and are the same type of rock as three of them.

One of the Stonehenge bluestones also has a cross-section that matches one of the gaps at Waun Mawn.

To further prove their connection, Pearson found that the entrance to both circles was aligned toward the midsummer solstice sunrise -- though, the circle's intended purpose remains shrouded in mystery. (Fox)