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      The Origins of Stonehenge: On the Track of the bluestones

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          Stonehenge remodelled

          We are pleased to present the latest account of the sequence of burial and construction at the site of Stonehenge, deduced by its most recent excavators and anchored in time by the application of Bayesian radiocarbon modelling. Five prehistoric stages are proposed, of varied duration, and related by our authors to neighbouring monuments in the Stonehenge environs. While it may never be possible to produce a definitive chronology for this most complex of monuments, the comprehensive and integrated achievement owed to these researchers has brought us much closer to that goal. It is from this firm platform that Stonehenge can begin its new era of communication with the public at large.
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            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.
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              Carn Goedog is the likely major source of Stonehenge doleritic bluestones: evidence based on compatible element geochemistry and Principal Component Analysis

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                Journal
                2048-4194
                Archaeology International
                Ubiquity Press
                2048-4194
                14 December 2017
                2017
                : 20
                : 52-57
                Affiliations
                [1 ]UCL Institute of Archaeology, London WC1H 0PY, UK
                [2 ]University of Southampton, Department of Archaeology, UK
                [3 ]University of the Highlands and Islands, Department of Archaeology, UK
                [4 ]University of Bournemouth, Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Forensic Science, UK
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                10.5334/ai-353
                Copyright: © 2017 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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                Archaeology, Cultural studies

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