Did Stonehenge First Stand in Pembrokeshire?

Not long ago we recounted in our series The Merlin Files how the legendary wizard was said to have moved Stonehenge from Ireland to Britain.

Now stunning new historical evidence suggests that somehow the Henge was moved a great distance to its present location in Wiltshire… but from Pembrokeshire!

Major news outlets, including the BBC, have headlined the story this morning.

Archaeologists are said to have found the remains of the original site of Stonehenge at Waun Mawn in the Preseli Hills.

The discovery is reported to have been made during filming for BBC Two’s Stonehenge: The Lost Circle Revealed.

Several of the stones at Stonehenge are of the same rock type as some remaining at the Pembrokeshire site.

The BBC reports: “One of the bluestones at Stonehenge has an unusual cross-section which matches one of the holes left at Waun Mawn, suggesting the monolith began its life as part of the stone circle in the Preseli Hills before being moved.”

So it looks like Geoffrey of Monmouth, quoted in our Merlin Files story, may have been onto something.

You can read all of the Merlin Files here.

More details at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56029203.

Nigel Summerley

Nigel Summerley retired from The Oldie magazine to return to freelance journalism. He previously held executive staff jobs at the London Evening Standard, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Express before freelancing for 20 years for newspapers including The Times, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian and the ‘i’ paper, plus a wide range of magazines. He continues to write about music, travel and health, and blogs at www.nigel-summerley.blogspot.com.

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