The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown.
Starting 5000 years ago, the Yamnaya embarked on a violent conquest of Europe. Now genetic analysis tells their tale for the first time
Geologists and archaeologists have long known that the builders of Stonehenge made use of two main types of stone: a silcrete, known as ‘sarsen,’ was used for the large trilithons, sarsen circle and other monoliths, and a variety of ‘bluestones’ — used for the smaller standing stones — were erected in an inner ‘horseshoe’ and an outer circle. Two ancient quarries in the Preseli hills of west Wales — Carn Goedog and Craig Rhos-y-felin — have now been excavated to reveal evidence of megalith quarrying around 3000 BC — the same period as the first stage of the construction of Stonehenge.
Stonehenge may be the most famous example, but tens of thousands of other ancient sites featuring massive, curiously arranged rocks dot Europe.
Evidence of advanced knowledge in mathematics, astronomy, and engineering can be found all over the world, at different ancient sites.
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Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England is famous throughout the world and it remains today a place of extreme reverence.
This Friday night and Saturday morning, druids, pagans, hippies, and assorted hangers-on will gather at Britain’s world-famous neolithic “Stonehenge” site to mark the fall equinox, the point when summer ends and the days begin to shorten.