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How many people did it take to build Stonehenge? Volunteers drag ONE-TONNE concrete slab to recreate Stone Age effort

 

  • Volunteers dragged the a concrete slab using neolithic-style wooden sled
  • The slab weighed half as much as the smallest blue stone at Stonehenge
  • A video appears to show 20 people pulling the slab along logs with ropes
  • Organisers looked to ancient wooden sleds from Asia and non-industrialised cultures for monument building as inspiration

By Abigail Beall and Ryan O’Hare for MailOnline

Towering above the grassy Salisbury Plain, its eerie rock monoliths are steeped in myth and magical stories, yet despite decades of research the original purpose of Stonehenge remains a mystery.

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Towering above the grassy Salisbury Plain, its eerie rock monoliths are steeped in myth and magical stories, yet despite decades of research the original purpose of Stonehenge remains a mystery. But UK researchers have tried to answer one of the many logistical questions surrounding the beginnings of the monument – how many people it took to build it. In an effort to to solve the quandary, UK researchers recruited a group of volunteers to recreate the Neolithic building efforts, by dragging a one-tonne slab of concrete using logs and rope.

But UK researchers have tried to answer one of the many logistical questions surrounding the beginnings of the monument – how many people it took to build it.

In an effort to to solve the quandary, UK researchers recruited a group of volunteers to recreate the Neolithic building efforts, by dragging a one-tonne slab of concrete using logs and rope.

Towering above the grassy Salisbury Plain, its eerie rock monoliths are steeped in myth and magical stories, yet despite decades of research the original purpose of Stonehenge remains a mystery.

But UK researchers have tried to answer one of the many logistical questions surrounding the beginnings of the monument – how many people it took to build it.

In an effort to to solve the quandary, UK researchers recruited a group of volunteers to recreate the Neolithic building efforts, by dragging a one-tonne slab of concrete using logs and rope

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Glaciers, not ancient people, moved Stonehenge from Wales to Wiltshire

It’s a question that has plagued archaeologists and stone enthusiasts for centuries: what’s the deal with Stonehenge?
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No one has ever been quite sure where the famous circle of giant bluestones came from or how they came to be arranged in such a precise formation in the wilds of Wiltshire.

A recent paper from researchers at UCL suggested that the stones were collected in at quarries Carn Goedog and Craig Rhos-y-felin around 5,000 years ago, then dragged from Wales to Wiltshire by men.

But archaeologists writing the Archaeology in Wales journal says that UCL got it all wrong.

This newer report says there are “no traces of human intervention in any of the features” that the UCL researchers “so excited”.

Instead, the Arachaeology in Wales paper’s authors, Dr Brian John, Dr Dyfed Elis-Gruffydd and John Downes, think they have evidence that suggests the rocks were moved by glaciers.

Accusing the UCL team of getting carried away by a good yarn, Dr John wrote, “There is substantial evidence in favour of glacial transport and zero evidence in support of the human transport theory.

“We think the archaeologists have been so keen on telling a good story here that they have ignored or misinterpreted the evidence in front of them.

“That’s very careless. They now need to undertake a complete reassessment of the material they have collected.”

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