Stonehenge was originally a mass tomb in Wales before it was moved to Wiltshire, apparently.
As reported by The Independent, archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson from University College London (UCL) has claimed the monument was originally located 140 miles away in the Preseli mountains of west Wales.
Archaelogists from UCL and the University of Leicester say they have located the Welsh quarries from which spotted dolerite bluestones and ryolite bluestones, which comprise the 5,000-year-old monument, originated.
Pearson said at Hay Festival:
The Welsh connection isn’t just about stones it’s likely to be a long term movement from west to east at this particular time.
Why dismantle an original monument? We’re wondering if it actually might have been a tomb with a surrounding stone circle which they dismantled. If that were the case they were basically carting the physical embodiment of their ancestors to re-establish somewhere else.
Their idea of packing their luggage was rather more deep and meaningful than our own. They are actually moving their heritage, and these stones represent the ancestors. They are actually bringing their ancestors with them.Advertisement
There isn’t any evidence at present to explain why the move east occurred, but at this early stage, the university teams believe they can match the stones to the parts of rock face from which they were cut.
500,000 bone fragments were also reportedly found at Stonehenge, with some of those thought to be the transported remains of dead ancestors in Wales.
The more we find out about Neolithic society, their culture and religion, it is focused on the ancestral dead. If you build in stone for the dead, that is a society that is worshiping its ancestors.Advertisement
Where are the dead? The simple answer is Stonehenge, because what we hadn’t realised was that Stonehenge is the largest cemetery of the entire 3rd millennium BC in Britain.
Most of those remains are cremated. Just burnt fragments. There were several hundred people buried.
So we may be close to an answer as to what Stonehenge is actually all about!