According go to a new theory proposed by researchers, the giant boulders that form Stonehenge were NOT excavated and transported by humans.
Are you thinking Aliens? Well, you are wrong. At least for now, it seems that Alien aren’t responsible for the giant boulders being transported across half-a-country either. A new researcher presented by a team of scientists suggests that in the distant past, the giant megalithic blocks of stone were actually transported by… GLACIERS. (And all of a sudden aliens don’t sound so bad (sarcasm))
Theory suggests that sometime in the distant past, around 4000 to 5000 years ago, rocks were taken from Welsh quarries by ancient people and dragged across the country to where they currently stand tall and proud, in Wiltshire. But a new conflicting report from experts suggests this wasn’t the case and previous research is completely off. The previously accepted theory states that the giant blocks of stone were quarried and transported by ancient people (which according to many is extremely unlikely), but the new study contradicts the findings of researchers from the UCL in London.
Dr Brian John, Dr Dyfed Elis-Gruffydd and John Downes, who published their study in the journal of archaeology in Wales, firmly believe that there are “NO traces of human intervention in any of the features that have made archaeologists so excited in the past”
The team of researchers think it’s unlikely that people managed to extract stones from a Neolithic quarry in the Preseli Hills and say the supposed signs of quarrying found in previous studies are not human but natural. The group has also stated that some archaeologists from UCL might have inadvertently created several features during five years of “highly selective sediment removal”.
Even though the new study presented by Dr Brian John, Dr Dyfed Elis-Gruffydd and John Downes could make a strong case, researchers from numerous universities including UCL, University of Manchester, Bournemouth University, University of Southampton, National Museum Wales, and Dyfed Archaeological Trust – believe their evidence which was published in the journal Antiquity presents enough details that prove human involvement in the transportation and extraction of the giant blocks of stone, a theory that is challenged by new studies.
In his paper written with Dr Dyfed Elis-Gruffydd and John Downes, Dr John says: “There is substantial evidence in favor of glacial transport and zero evidence in support of the human transport theory.
“We think the archaeologists have been so keen on telling a good story here that they have ignored or misinterpreted the evidence in front of them.
“That’s very careless. They now need to undertake a complete reassessment of the material they have collected.”
In the new study, Dr Jonh and his group are firmly convinced that the debris found at Stonehenge originated from glaciers which lifted and transported the rocks towards Salisbury.
According to one longstanding theory, Stonehenge’s builders fashioned sledges and rollers out of tree trunks to lug the bluestones from the Preseli Hills. Stonehenge draws between 800,000 and 1,000,000 tourists a year, many of whom also visit the region’s numerous other Neolithic and Bronze Age marvels, it is one of the top tourist destinations in the UK.