Solving the long-held mystery behind the stone monoliths.

By Balthazar Malevolent


Stonehenge's huge stones in Southern England originated from the area 15.5 miles away from the historic site according to a recent study by Science Advances. Throughout the English county of Wiltshire, the sandstone boulders, or sarsens, were moved from the West Woods. The sarsens reach up to 30 feet in height and weigh about 25 tons. 

Stonehenge, UK.

"We have not known until recently that provenance of a stone like sarsen was possible," David Nash, the lead author of the report, said in a statement. "It was very exciting to use the science of the 21st century to understand the Neolithic history and to address a question that archaeologists have been debating for centuries." 

Nash believes the stones were moved eastward down the Wiltshire Avon Valley or along a western path through Salisbury Plain. Researchers used a portable fluorescent X-ray spectrometry to study the stones. "Subsequently, the researchers conducted inductively combined plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and ICP-atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) of samples from a core previously drilled through a single sarsenic stone and a collection of sarsenic boulders from across southern Britain," the scientists said. 

The team found, after close study of the sarsens, that they came from West Forests. "The reason the builders of the monument chose this site remains a mystery, although the researchers believe the size and nature of the stones of West Woods, and the ease with which the builders could reach them, may have been factored in the decision." 

Two separate stone styles are built at Stonehenge. The sarsens are the smaller silica stones in the outer ring and middle of Stonehenge. Today, there are 52 stones on the site, but the researchers say there were originally 80.

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