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zennor quoit. neolithic dolmen. the movie part one.

dolmen are amongst the earliest monuments to appear on the penwith peninsular and were carefully positioning within the landscape. placed on the plateau below and east of zennor hill and adjacent to the sperris outcrops and quoit. zennor hill contains

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zennor quoit. neolithic dolmen. the movie part one.

dolmen are amongst the earliest monuments to appear on the penwith peninsular and were carefully positioning within the landscape. placed on the plateau below and east of zennor hill and adjacent to the sperris outcrops and quoit. zennor hill contains

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merrivale prehistoric landscape. dartmoor.

merrivale complex. this complex of stone rows, cist or kistvean, circle cairns, a stone circle and standing stones make up one of the most intriguing monumental megalithic structures to be found on dartmoor. various theories about its purpose prevail :

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merrivale prehistoric landscape. dartmoor.

merrivale complex. this complex of stone rows, cist or kistvean, circle cairns, a stone circle and standing stones make up one of the most intriguing monumental megalithic structures to be found on dartmoor. various theories about its purpose prevail :

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trencrom hill tor enclosure.

a view across to st michael’s mount, this along side carn kenidjack and carn galva make up one the four tor enclosure so far identified in west penwith. seen here is the impressive giant bolder that announces the entrance to

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trencrom hill tor enclosure.

a view across to st michael’s mount, this along side carn kenidjack and carn galva make up one the four tor enclosure so far identified in west penwith. seen here is the impressive giant bolder that announces the entrance to

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trencrom hill tor enclosure.

the tors were first used in the early neolithic around 3800 BCE, and were later enclosed with stone-and-earth banks built between granite boulders and outcrops on the hill sides. such banks were not necessarily built to defend the special places found

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trencrom hill tor enclosure.

the tors were first used in the early neolithic around 3800 BCE, and were later enclosed with stone-and-earth banks built between granite boulders and outcrops on the hill sides. such banks were not necessarily built to defend the special places found

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boscawen-un stone circle 50.223456,-5.123456. constructed image.

one of the five stone circles left standing in west penwith cornwall. although many more existed but have been lost over the last two centuries. the merry maidens circle is intervisible with it and can be seen just below the

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boscawen-un stone circle 50.223456,-5.123456. constructed image.

one of the five stone circles left standing in west penwith cornwall. although many more existed but have been lost over the last two centuries. the merry maidens circle is intervisible with it and can be seen just below the

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castlerigg stone cove. castlerigg stone circle.

a rectilinear stone cove with celestial orientations. explored in the overlay drawing by alexander. the circle is thought to be connected with the production and distribution of axe heads. axe heads were highly prized and were imbued with symbolic significance.

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castlerigg stone cove. castlerigg stone circle.

a rectilinear stone cove with celestial orientations. explored in the overlay drawing by alexander. the circle is thought to be connected with the production and distribution of axe heads. axe heads were highly prized and were imbued with symbolic significance.

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swinside stone circle.

the stones used in its construction were porphyritic slate collected from the adjacent swinside fells, and are of the type that is known locally as ‘grey cobbles’. the ring has a diameter of about 26.8m, and currently contains 55 stones,

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swinside stone circle.

the stones used in its construction were porphyritic slate collected from the adjacent swinside fells, and are of the type that is known locally as ‘grey cobbles’. the ring has a diameter of about 26.8m, and currently contains 55 stones,

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swinside stone circle.

the stones used in its construction were porphyritic slate collected from the adjacent swinside fells, and are of the type that is known locally as ‘grey cobbles’. the ring has a diameter of about 26.8m, and currently contains 55 stones,

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swinside stone circle.

the stones used in its construction were porphyritic slate collected from the adjacent swinside fells, and are of the type that is known locally as ‘grey cobbles’. the ring has a diameter of about 26.8m, and currently contains 55 stones,

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avebury henge and stone circles. domestic house origins.

avebury henge and stone circles. the henge 420m across contains the largest extant stone circles in europe being 330m in diameter a massive monument created during the 3rd millennium bc. recent geophysical and GPR explorations suggest its origins lie in

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avebury henge and stone circles. domestic house origins.

avebury henge and stone circles. the henge 420m across contains the largest extant stone circles in europe being 330m in diameter a massive monument created during the 3rd millennium bc. recent geophysical and GPR explorations suggest its origins lie in

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alan sorrell’s reconstruction of avebury henge and circles

alan ernest sorrell (11 february 1904 – 21 december 1974) was an english artist and writer best remembered for his archaeological illustrations, sorrell’s postcard stonehenge

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alan sorrell’s reconstruction of avebury henge and circles

alan ernest sorrell (11 february 1904 – 21 december 1974) was an english artist and writer best remembered for his archaeological illustrations, sorrell’s postcard stonehenge

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west kennet long barrow.

west kennet long barrow. after the first burials in around 3725-70 BCE it was again reused between 3620 and 3240 BCE as a burial space, receiving both human and animal remains over a period of several centuries. various flint tools

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west kennet long barrow.

west kennet long barrow. after the first burials in around 3725-70 BCE it was again reused between 3620 and 3240 BCE as a burial space, receiving both human and animal remains over a period of several centuries. various flint tools

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west kennet long barrow.

west kennet long barrow. built out of earth, local sarsen megaliths, and oolitic limestone imported from the cotswolds, the long barrow consisted of a sub-rectangular earthen tumulus enclosed by kerb-stones. Its precise date of construction is not known. although the

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west kennet long barrow.

west kennet long barrow. built out of earth, local sarsen megaliths, and oolitic limestone imported from the cotswolds, the long barrow consisted of a sub-rectangular earthen tumulus enclosed by kerb-stones. Its precise date of construction is not known. although the

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the west kennet long barrow.

the west kennet long barrow. built by pastoralist communities shortly after the introduction of agriculture to britain from continental europe. they form part of an architectural tradition of long barrow building widespread across neolithic europe, although the barrow belongs to

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the west kennet long barrow.

the west kennet long barrow. built by pastoralist communities shortly after the introduction of agriculture to britain from continental europe. they form part of an architectural tradition of long barrow building widespread across neolithic europe, although the barrow belongs to

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tabletop dolmen. passage tomb.

tabletop dolmen. passage tomb. distributed mainly on the west of britain and across ireland they seem to have originated in brittany and have astroarchaeological alignments with the sun and in some cases the moon

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tabletop dolmen. passage tomb.

tabletop dolmen. passage tomb. distributed mainly on the west of britain and across ireland they seem to have originated in brittany and have astroarchaeological alignments with the sun and in some cases the moon

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tabletop quoit. dolmen. cromlech.

tabletop quoit. dolmen. cromlech. amongst the earliest megalithic monuments to appear in britain, dolmen or cromlech become part of prehistoric landscape. possible dates are between 5800-6300BP. portable versions available from pebble beaches near you

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tabletop quoit. dolmen. cromlech.

tabletop quoit. dolmen. cromlech. amongst the earliest megalithic monuments to appear in britain, dolmen or cromlech become part of prehistoric landscape. possible dates are between 5800-6300BP. portable versions available from pebble beaches near you

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trippet stone circle. bodmin.

trippet stone circle. bodmin. the sister stone circle to stripple stones. intervisible with one another and both in sight of hawkstor seen in the background in this shot. the entrance to the stripple henge-circle in direct alignment with this circle. many of the stones making up this circle – originally around 26 – are now recumbent

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trippet stone circle. bodmin.

trippet stone circle. bodmin. the sister stone circle to stripple stones. intervisible with one another and both in sight of hawkstor seen in the background in this shot. the entrance to the stripple henge-circle in direct alignment with this circle. many of the stones making up this circle – originally around 26 – are now recumbent

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stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin.

stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin. another extraordinary stone at this unique circlehenge on hawkstor moor bodmin. looking at its internal face with (i think) louden hill and brown willy on its horizon. does its top edge mirror these important prehistoric landscapes. the german word is more descriptive – landshaft – meaning land shape. the notches and creases of the beautifully shaped stone lining up here with the land-shape features both near and far ?-shape-henge-landscape

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stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin.

stripple stone. circle and henge. bodmin. another extraordinary stone at this unique circlehenge on hawkstor moor bodmin. looking at its internal face with (i think) louden hill and brown willy on its horizon. does its top edge mirror these important prehistoric landscapes. the german word is more descriptive – landshaft – meaning land shape. the notches and creases of the beautifully shaped stone lining up here with the land-shape features both near and far ?-shape-henge-landscape

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stripple stones circle henge. bodmin.

stripple stones circle henge. bodmin. the full story of its restoration can be found here:

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stripple stones circle henge. bodmin.

stripple stones circle henge. bodmin. the full story of its restoration can be found here:

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stripple stones circle henge. bodmin moor.

stripple stones circle henge. bodmin moor. this monument has been described as the only circle-henge in south-west england that has many of unique features. the circle was originally ovoid in plan and measured 46.3m by 43.3m. until recently It consisted of only four upright stones and the remains of nine others, most of which have now been re-erected. their height varies from 1.0m to 2.74m unusually tall for stone circles in other parts of cornwall. there is a large centre stone, now recumbent which would have stood about 2.9m high. the stone circle is surrounded by a low fragmentary bank with an internal ditch, the bank 3.0m to 4.5m wide and up to 0.5m high and with an outer diameter probably in the region of 73m by 70m. it also had with a causewayed entrance, 2.7m wide, on the WSW side leading up to two remarkable shaped stones seen in this shot. like most of the circles on bodmin it most likely relates to nearby sacred hills here to hawks tor. also rough tor can be clearly viewed in the near distance-henge
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stripple stones circle henge. bodmin moor.

stripple stones circle henge. bodmin moor. this monument has been described as the only circle-henge in south-west england that has many of unique features. the circle was originally ovoid in plan and measured 46.3m by 43.3m. until recently It consisted of only four upright stones and the remains of nine others, most of which have now been re-erected. their height varies from 1.0m to 2.74m unusually tall for stone circles in other parts of cornwall. there is a large centre stone, now recumbent which would have stood about 2.9m high. the stone circle is surrounded by a low fragmentary bank with an internal ditch, the bank 3.0m to 4.5m wide and up to 0.5m high and with an outer diameter probably in the region of 73m by 70m. it also had with a causewayed entrance, 2.7m wide, on the WSW side leading up to two remarkable shaped stones seen in this shot. like most of the circles on bodmin it most likely relates to nearby sacred hills here to hawks tor. also rough tor can be clearly viewed in the near distance-henge
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stripple stones circle and henge. bodmin moor.

stripple stones circle and henge. bodmin moor. this unusual monument recently underwent something of a revamp. some of it’s possible thirty plus stones have been unearthed and re-erected in their original positions. until then only four of its stone remained upright. the most interesting are what appear to be it’s entrance stones – two large stones carefully shaped as if to offer a window into the henge-circle. the right hand one is shown here-circle
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stripple stones circle and henge. bodmin moor.

stripple stones circle and henge. bodmin moor. this unusual monument recently underwent something of a revamp. some of it’s possible thirty plus stones have been unearthed and re-erected in their original positions. until then only four of its stone remained upright. the most interesting are what appear to be it’s entrance stones – two large stones carefully shaped as if to offer a window into the henge-circle. the right hand one is shown here-circle
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tresvennack pillar.

tresvennack pillar. a close cousin to the triganeeris sisters or higher drift stones across the valley and they share inter-visibility and similar burial pits dug close by directly into the clay rab. this one having a near complete cremation urn – found by a local farmer in the nineteenth century. this is what you are looking at from the sight line set up in the last post maker

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tresvennack pillar.

tresvennack pillar. a close cousin to the triganeeris sisters or higher drift stones across the valley and they share inter-visibility and similar burial pits dug close by directly into the clay rab. this one having a near complete cremation urn – found by a local farmer in the nineteenth century. this is what you are looking at from the sight line set up in the last post maker

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solutions basin. treryn dinas

just been reading AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF SUPERNATURAL PLACES:THE CASE OF WEST PENWITH by CHRISTOPHER TILLEY & WAYNE BENNETT and came across this stone today built into the ringed embankment at treryn dinas promontory fort at treen. it is natural stone of the sort discussed in the article with its solutions basin – ‘ water from the gods’ and the part these might have played in prehistory as part of processional and ceremonial activity. situated very close to the supposed neolithic stone circle also incorporated into the embankment-natural

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solutions basin. treryn dinas

just been reading AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF SUPERNATURAL PLACES:THE CASE OF WEST PENWITH by CHRISTOPHER TILLEY & WAYNE BENNETT and came across this stone today built into the ringed embankment at treryn dinas promontory fort at treen. it is natural stone of the sort discussed in the article with its solutions basin – ‘ water from the gods’ and the part these might have played in prehistory as part of processional and ceremonial activity. situated very close to the supposed neolithic stone circle also incorporated into the embankment-natural

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redhouse standings stones.

redhouse standings stones. found out these should probably be referred to as the redhouse standing stones. from the local farmhouse and not to the kerris stones as there the is another triangular stone by the last name. these two very nice stones are not in the official monument record although they have been recorded by both mitchell and barnet in the 60’s. many of the close by have given up many finds spanning both the mesolithic and the neolithic so they are in good company. a feature of the fields in which they stand is the large number of stones set in the boundary ‘hedges’. one such can be seen just to the right of the stone. and at the far left of the photo along the boundary edge

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redhouse standings stones.

redhouse standings stones. found out these should probably be referred to as the redhouse standing stones. from the local farmhouse and not to the kerris stones as there the is another triangular stone by the last name. these two very nice stones are not in the official monument record although they have been recorded by both mitchell and barnet in the 60’s. many of the close by have given up many finds spanning both the mesolithic and the neolithic so they are in good company. a feature of the fields in which they stand is the large number of stones set in the boundary ‘hedges’. one such can be seen just to the right of the stone. and at the far left of the photo along the boundary edge

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the other of the two standing stones at kerris.

the other of the two standing stones at kerris. another well fashioned stone that sits in the adjacent field with this huge intervening stone placed between them at the adjoining entrance stone

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the other of the two standing stones at kerris.

the other of the two standing stones at kerris. another well fashioned stone that sits in the adjacent field with this huge intervening stone placed between them at the adjoining entrance stone

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marking it out. the pipers

marking it out. the pipers two notable outliers to the merry maidens stone circle, are on a northeast to southwest alignment and points almost directly at the circle(s). the two stones stand some 90 metres apart. this one, the southwest stone is the taller of the two at 4.7m high and the nearest to the existing circle. perhaps part of a processional route to the circles they are some of the tallest in cornwall stones

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marking it out. the pipers

marking it out. the pipers two notable outliers to the merry maidens stone circle, are on a northeast to southwest alignment and points almost directly at the circle(s). the two stones stand some 90 metres apart. this one, the southwest stone is the taller of the two at 4.7m high and the nearest to the existing circle. perhaps part of a processional route to the circles they are some of the tallest in cornwall stones

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recent discoveries at bryn celli ddu.

recent discoveries at bryn celli ddu.
a geophysical survey was conducted, recently, around the bryn celli ddu chambered tomb exposing evidence of a cairn cemetery. the 5,000-year-old tomb, a complex dating from the neolithic through to early bronze age, was also found to include the at least four burial cairns and a cluster of prehistoric pits with pottery deposits, worked flint, and tools. its relationship to the summer equinox was tested confirming that the main passage focuses the light along its length and illuminating the entire polygonal stone chamber.

in addition 8 new cupmarked rock art on associated outcrops have been identified, using 3d scanning techniques. a dumbbell motif surrounded by singular cup-marks, cup-marks in close formation, possibly in the form of a rosette and one with a large cup-mark

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recent discoveries at bryn celli ddu.

recent discoveries at bryn celli ddu.
a geophysical survey was conducted, recently, around the bryn celli ddu chambered tomb exposing evidence of a cairn cemetery. the 5,000-year-old tomb, a complex dating from the neolithic through to early bronze age, was also found to include the at least four burial cairns and a cluster of prehistoric pits with pottery deposits, worked flint, and tools. its relationship to the summer equinox was tested confirming that the main passage focuses the light along its length and illuminating the entire polygonal stone chamber.

in addition 8 new cupmarked rock art on associated outcrops have been identified, using 3d scanning techniques. a dumbbell motif surrounded by singular cup-marks, cup-marks in close formation, possibly in the form of a rosette and one with a large cup-mark

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prehistoric paint job. painted stone wall at the ness of brodgar.

prehistoric paint job. painted stone wall at the ness of brodgar. evidence now exists of the walls within this ceremonial site were painted in a red ochre and opens up the possibility of other monument having been treated in the same way. most monuments have been exposed to the elements and removed this evidence

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prehistoric paint job. painted stone wall at the ness of brodgar.

prehistoric paint job. painted stone wall at the ness of brodgar. evidence now exists of the walls within this ceremonial site were painted in a red ochre and opens up the possibility of other monument having been treated in the same way. most monuments have been exposed to the elements and removed this evidence

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bryn celli ddu

bryn celli ddu is a late neolithic passage grave in the european atlantic tradition, excavated and partly restored in 1920s (hemp 1930). it comprises an outer circular stone kerb c. 26m diameter, with an inner stone arc, both of which

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bryn celli ddu

bryn celli ddu is a late neolithic passage grave in the european atlantic tradition, excavated and partly restored in 1920s (hemp 1930). it comprises an outer circular stone kerb c. 26m diameter, with an inner stone arc, both of which

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the mound in the dark grove. anglesey wales

the mound in the dark grove. anglesey wales
bryn celli ddu may be translated as ‘the mound in the dark grove’, and some have speculated that during its time of construction, it was located in a large clearing then surrounded entirely forest. archaeologists have suggested that the original stone circles were set up during the neolithic period, around 3000 bc.

around a thousand years after it was built, it became an ‘entrance grave’ or passage tomb, a type of burial monument found around the irish seaboard.

bryn celli ddu was accurately aligned to coincide with the rising sun on the summer solstices with the rays of light penetrating down the passage way into the burial chamber. this connects if firmly in the tradition of the irish passage graves notably new grange with its ‘letterbox’ opening projecting light onto the rear wall of its chamber.

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green ‘entrance’ door, with its padlock and letterbox. columbia road east london

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the mound in the dark grove. anglesey wales

the mound in the dark grove. anglesey wales
bryn celli ddu may be translated as ‘the mound in the dark grove’, and some have speculated that during its time of construction, it was located in a large clearing then surrounded entirely forest. archaeologists have suggested that the original stone circles were set up during the neolithic period, around 3000 bc.

around a thousand years after it was built, it became an ‘entrance grave’ or passage tomb, a type of burial monument found around the irish seaboard.

bryn celli ddu was accurately aligned to coincide with the rising sun on the summer solstices with the rays of light penetrating down the passage way into the burial chamber. this connects if firmly in the tradition of the irish passage graves notably new grange with its ‘letterbox’ opening projecting light onto the rear wall of its chamber.

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green ‘entrance’ door, with its padlock and letterbox. columbia road east london

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bluestones: preseli – stonehenge

a team of scientists and researcher from ucl, university of manchester, bournemouth university, university of southampton, university of leicester, amgueddfa cymru – national museum wales, and dyfed archaeological trust. have excavatied two quarries in wales by a thought to be the

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bluestones: preseli – stonehenge

a team of scientists and researcher from ucl, university of manchester, bournemouth university, university of southampton, university of leicester, amgueddfa cymru – national museum wales, and dyfed archaeological trust. have excavatied two quarries in wales by a thought to be the

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