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Stonehenge circle built in Wales say archaeologists

New evidence suggests that the iconic prehistoric stone circle at Stonehenge may have first been erected in Wales.

Stonehenge.
Stonehenge. Image by Danny Sullivan / CC BY 2.0

It’s long been known that the bluestones that make up the monument’s inner circle were quarried in the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, but new research suggests the stones were cut as early as 3400BC – some five centuries before they were raised at Stonehenge. According to the archeologists behind the discovery, that suggests that the stones were first used in a monument in west Wales, before being dismantled and dragged the 140 miles to Salisbury Plain. Read more: guardian.com