China News Service, July 31. According to the "Central News Agency" report, Stonehenge in Britain is one of the most mysterious prehistoric sites in the world, and various mysteries linger. Recently, scientists have solved one of the mysteries, namely where the Stonehenge stone comes from.
Data map: British Stonehenge.
According to reports, during maintenance operations in the late 1950s, a cracked boulder was inserted into a metal rod and a core sample was extracted from it. The sample was finally given to Robert Phillips who was involved in the relevant work at that time as a souvenir. Phillips was allowed to immigrate to the United States with samples in 1977. In 2018, he decided to send the samples back to the UK for research.
The researchers said that the results of geochemical analysis showed that 50 of the 52 light gray sandstone sarsens in Stonehenge were connected to the edge of the Marburg hills in Wiltshire called West Woods (West Woods). ) Has a common source; West Woods is about 25 kilometers from Stonehenge.
David Nash, a topographicalist at the University of Brighton, said: “These Sarsen stones form a horseshoe-shaped stone circle formed by the iconic outer circle and the central three-stone tower (two vertical rocks supporting one horizontal rock). It's huge."
Nash also said: "How they were moved to this location is still a mystery from all walks of life. Given the size of these boulders, they must have been towed or transported to Stonehenge by rollers. We don't know yet. The exact route, but now at least the starting point and ending point are known."
The research led by Nash was published in the journal "Science Advances".
Stonehenge is one of the most famous man-made prehistoric sites in human history and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Britain. In 1986, it became the first United Nations World Heritage Site in Britain. It was built between 4000 BC and 2000 BC.