A new study published in the journal Antiquity has archaeologists suggesting that Stonehenge was not originally located in Wiltshire where it is now. The archaeologists have found holes cut into rocky outcrops near the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire that match the stones of the monument. The holes which have been dated to between 3,400 and 3,200 BC pre-date Stonehenge which was not created in Wiltshire until 2,900 BC, by 500 years.

Professor Mike Parker Pearson, of University College London, said: “It could have taken nearly 500 years to get them to Stonehenge, but that’s pretty improbable in my view. It’s more likely that the stones were first used in a local monument, somewhere near the quarries, that was then dismantled and dragged off to Wiltshire.”

 

Picture credit: “Krolewstwoslonca” by GeorgeX