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Brighton Stonehenge research hits the headlines worldwide

Researchers at the University of Brighton have unravelled the 400-year-old mystery of where the sarsen stones used to build Stonehenge came from. Their two-year investigation discovered that most of the large stones that make up the iconic main circle and inner horseshoe of the monument came from around 15 miles to the north, in West Woods on the edge of the Marlborough Downs, Wiltshire. You can read more about the story on the university website.

Image shows Stonehenge

The story has hit the headlines around the world and was reported on the BBC news website, as well as by NBC in the USA, and the Straits Times in Singapore.

The research, published in the journal Science Advances, was led by Professor David Nash, Professor of Physical Geography. He said: “Archaeologists and geologists have been debating where the sarsen stones used to build Stonehenge came from for more than four centuries. This significant new data will help explain more of how the monument was constructed and, perhaps, offer insights into the routes by which the 20 to 30 tonne stones were transported.”

You can also read Professor Nash’s article on the research in The Conversation

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Gill Ure • July 31, 2020

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