Researchers claim to pinpoint Stonehenge rocks’ origin

By Andrew Jones
Tuesday, December 20, 2011 14:49 EDT
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The much discussed conversation of where the renowned Stonehenge rocks in Britain came from appears to be over thanks to the work of two archaeologists.

According to the BBC Monday, National Museum Wales’ Dr. Richard Bevins and Leicester University’s Dr. Rob Ixer conformed the exact origin of the rocks after nine months of intense research.

The experts were able to find a 99% match with rock samples from Pembrokeshire, Wales with the rhyolite debitage rocks at Stonehenge. Ixer called their discovery, “quite unexpected and exciting.”

“Being able to provenance any archaeologically significant rock so precisely is remarkable,” he said. “However, given continued perseverance, we are determined that we shall uncover the origins of most, if not all of the Stonehenge bluestones so allowing archaeologists to continue their speculations well into a third century.”

With the origin of the rocks discovered, Ixer set his next goal on finding how they were transported to its current location.

“It is important now that the research continues,” he said.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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