It’s the great mystery of Stonehenge – how did Stone Age people carry the huge ‘bluestones’ to the site from more than 100 miles away?
But a Welsh scientist has claimed that ancient people may not have been involved at all, and the stones were carried to the site by glaciers 500,000 years ago.
In a new book, The Stonehenge Bluestones, Brian John argues the stones were ‘just there’.
He says there’s little evidence that the stones were ‘mined’ in Wales – and suggests that a simpler explanation is that a glacier carried them across the landscape.
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John said, ‘Over the past 50 years there has been a drift, in Stonehenge studies, from science toward mythology. This has been driven partly by constant media demands for new and spectacular stories about the monument, and partly by the archaeological emphasis on impact.
‘So we see an obsession with narrative at the expense of evidence, and a host of newly manufactured myths which are even more wacky than the old ones. It’s time for a cool reassessment.’
Earlier this year the first plans were unveiled for a tunnelled section of the A303 near Stonehenge.
The controversial proposal aims to restore the tranquil setting of the famous stone circle by removing the sight of the busy thoroughfare.
In the initial designs, a new dual carriageway route would closely follow the existing A303, with tunnel entrances being created within the World Heritage Site.
But while leading heritage groups have said that the plans will ‘enhance and protect’ the landscape, opponents have claimed that it could cause irreparable damage to the area.