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Craig Rhos-y-felin: a Welsh bluestone megalith quarry for Stonehenge

Craig Rhos-y-felin: a Welsh bluestone megalith quarry for Stonehenge
Craig Rhos-y-felin: a Welsh bluestone megalith quarry for Stonehenge
The long-distance transport of the bluestones from south Wales to Stonehenge is one of the most remarkable achievements of Neolithic societies in north-west Europe. Where precisely these stones were quarried, when they were extracted and how they were transported has long been a subject of speculation, experiment and controversy. The discovery of a megalithic bluestone quarry at Craig Rhos-y-felin in 2011 marked a turning point in this research. Subsequent excavations have provided details of the quarrying process along with direct dating evidence for the extraction of bluestone monoliths at this location, demonstrating both Neolithic and Early Bronze Age activity.
britain, preseli, stonehenge, mesolithic, neolithic, megalithic, bluestone, rhyolite, dolerite, prehistoric quarrying
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Hamilton, D.
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Macphail, R.
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Schlee, D.
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Schwenninger, J.-L.
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Parker Pearson, M., Bevins, R., Ixer, R., Pollard, J., Richards, C., Welham, K., Chan, B., Edinborough, K., Hamilton, D., Macphail, R., Schlee, D., Schwenninger, J.-L., Simmons, E. and Smith, M. (2015) Craig Rhos-y-felin: a Welsh bluestone megalith quarry for Stonehenge. Antiquity, 89 (348), 1331-1352. (doi:10.15184/aqy.2015.177).

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The long-distance transport of the bluestones from south Wales to Stonehenge is one of the most remarkable achievements of Neolithic societies in north-west Europe. Where precisely these stones were quarried, when they were extracted and how they were transported has long been a subject of speculation, experiment and controversy. The discovery of a megalithic bluestone quarry at Craig Rhos-y-felin in 2011 marked a turning point in this research. Subsequent excavations have provided details of the quarrying process along with direct dating evidence for the extraction of bluestone monoliths at this location, demonstrating both Neolithic and Early Bronze Age activity.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 April 2015
Published date: 1 December 2015
Keywords: britain, preseli, stonehenge, mesolithic, neolithic, megalithic, bluestone, rhyolite, dolerite, prehistoric quarrying
Organisations: Archaeology

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Local EPrints ID: 385829
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/385829
ISSN: 0003-598X
PURE UUID: a7b4fe57-b6b1-4dbc-b0bf-ac672e4d8798
ORCID for J. Pollard: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8429-2009

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Date deposited: 22 Jan 2016 15:26
Last modified: 17 Sep 2019 00:45

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Author: M. Parker Pearson
Author: R. Bevins
Author: R. Ixer
Author: J. Pollard ORCID iD
Author: C. Richards
Author: K. Welham
Author: B. Chan
Author: K. Edinborough
Author: D. Hamilton
Author: R. Macphail
Author: D. Schlee
Author: J.-L. Schwenninger
Author: E. Simmons
Author: M. Smith

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