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Published on 5 Jan 2009
A sceptical look at some of the "truths" about Stonehenge which turn out to be nothing but assumptions. Were the sarsens transported by Neolithic tribesmen all the way from the Marlborough Downs? No. Were the bluestones transported all the way from Wales as part of some great stone collecting expedition? No. Was Stonehenge ever finished? No -- the builders simply ran out of sarsen stones and bluestones, and after messing about for a while they simply gave up. The bluestones were glacial erratics, transported almost all of the way from Wales by the Irish Sea Glacier. So why is the "human transport myth" kept alive? Well, because the guardians of Stonehenge and the archaeology establishment simply don't want the truth to get in the way of a jolly good (and money-earning) story!