Professor Mike Parker Pearson of University College London (UCL) made a breakthrough in understanding the famous monument when he found a similar stone structure at Waun Mawn in the Preseli Hills. Experts now theorize that the dismantled monument in Wales became the ‘building blocks’ of the Stonehenge attraction which is in Salisbury, Wiltshire. And, incredibly, it could also explain why Stonehenge was built in the first place after presenter Adam Mastrelli investigated the link during the Smithsonian’s “ Secrets Unlocked ” series.
He said: “A third of the people buried at Stonehenge were not from the local area, or nearby.
“Instead, they had spent their lives over 100 miles away, albeit in a part of Britain closely linked to Stonehenge.
“These remains belonged to people who came from the same part of Britain as the first stones to reach Stonehenge, the Blue Stones.
“Mike Parker Pearson is convinced this is no coincidence.”
Mr Mastrelli explained the source of Professor Pearson’s suspicion.
He added: “He examined one of the graves around the edge of the circle, where the cremated remains were originally buried.
“His name is Aubrey Hole 7.
“He thinks its contents reveal a connection between bones and blue stones.”
Speaking during the series, Professor Pearson outlined one of his theories as to why Stonehenge was originally created.
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He said in 2020: ‘Professor Parker Pearson believes that before being moved to their current position in the center, the Welsh Blue Stones were in Aubrey’s holes where the cremated remains were buried.
“If he’s right, he may have confirmed Stonehenge’s original goal.
“He believes that the landscape of Salisbury Plain was perfectly suited to the faith and rituals of the Stone Age British.
“Looking at the site from above, a pair of parallel lines are visible – forming an avenue that goes straight towards the stone circle.
“This Neolithic road was built at the same time as Stonehenge and aligns perfectly with the Sun on the shortest day of the year.”
A few months later, his suspicions appeared to be confirmed during the BBC Two documentary ‘Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed’.
Waun Mawn is now considered the original monument as it sits next to the quarries from which the smaller blue stones of Stonehenge originate, its perimeter ditch has the same diameter and is also aligned with the solstice sunrise summer.
Professor Parker Pearson believes it is possible that those moving east will bring with them their cultural ‘crown jewels’ from their ancestral lands in Wales.
Archaeologists have said this could explain why the blue stones used at Stonehenge were brought from so far away, when most of the circles are usually built a short distance from their quarries.
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This notice was published: 2021-04-30 11:51:00