The debate about the provenance of Stonehenge’s grandest lumps of rock had been raging for at least four centuries.
Now, thanks to the recovery of a chunk of the monument that had been lost for decades, archaeologists have finally been able to reveal where they came from.
The research shows that the giant sarsen stones were gathered, some 4,500 years ago, from the West Woods, a site covering 2½ square miles on the edge of Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire. It is about 15 miles north of Stonehenge and it seems likely that its proximity made it attractive: the biggest sarsens stand 9 metres tall and weigh about 25 tonnes.
Susan Greaney, a historian for English Heritage, said: “We can now say that when sourcing the
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