Scientists Discover Where the Huge Stones From Stonehenge Came From
published 31.07.2020 16:48
According to a new report by Science Advances, the massive stones at Stonehenge in Southern England came from a region 15.5 miles away from the historic site.
“Until recently we did not know it was possible to provenance a stone like sarsen,” said David Nash, the study’s lead author, in a statement.
“Next, the researchers performed inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and ICP-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) of samples from a core previously drilled through one sarsen stone and a range of sarsen boulders from across southern Britain,” the scientists explained, in the statement.
“The reason the monument’s builders selected this site remains a mystery, although the researchers suggest the size and quality of West Woods’ stones, and the ease with which the builders could access them, may have factored into the decision.”
The sarsens are the bigger silica stones in Stonehenge’s outer ring and center.