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New study pinpoints Welsh origin of Stonehenge's rocks

Stonehenge could be up to 5,000 years old. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/PA Images

A new study claims to have pinpointed the places in Pembrokeshire's Preseli Hills where Stonehenge's bluestone rocks were quarried.

The quarry at Carn Goedog Credit: University College London

Tests appear to show the rocks are from Carn Goedog and Craig Rhos-y-felin. The quarries are around 140 miles from Stonehenge.

Researchers also investigated in which direction stone-dragging teams would have travelled. They suggest they went North. The study says there is a possibility that the stones were erected in a temporary monument close to the quarries, before completing their journey to Stonehenge.

Pillars of Bluestone Credit: University College London

The study is published in the journal Antiquity.