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45 44 roLLIng StoneS the art of long distance megalith moving The huge sarsen stones, weighing up to 50 tons, were moved over 20 miles from Fyfield Down, next to Avebury see page 52. Modern attempts to recreate the journey have shown just how hard this must have been. In 1923, the smaller bluestones, weighing up to 5 tons, were shown by Dr H. H. Thomas to have originated from a small area of the Preseli Mountains, in modern Pembrokeshire, about 135 miles from Stonehenge. How they were moved still remains conjectural, a recent attempt to replicate this journey failed utterly, a bluestone sinking in Milford Harbour after several other dangerous mishaps. Some folk think the bluestones arrived at Stonehenge by glacial action. However, the large central altar stone opposite top is made of a sparkly green micaceous sandstone found adjacent to the Haven, and never glaciated. It is more likely that these stones were hauled to Milford Haven, then rafted, either to the Bristol Avon, thence to Stonehenge, or around the Devon and Cornwall coastline to Hengistbury, a thriving prehistoric port on the Hampshire Avon opposite lower. The bluestones were evidently of crucial importance to the project. The latitudes from which the bluestone and sarsen stones were taken are precisely one seventh of 364 and 360 respectively. These numbers formed the year in ancient calendars, for 13 and 12 month years respectively. Sevenfold geometry is found to link the Aubrey Circle with the Sarsen Circle see page 49.
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