Stonehenge is perhaps the most famous rock structure in the world and the mystery surrounding her creation has stumped mankind for generations. Now, a new study suggests that, together with other rock structures in Europe, may have been influenced by prehistoric sailors.
The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, theorizes that these megalith structures have been around for almost 7,000 years and may have originated from the northwest of France.
“The result presented here, based on the analysis of 2,410 radiocarbon dates and very accurate chronology for megalithic sites, and the associated contexts, suggests maritime mobility and intercultural exchange,” the study abstract reads. “We advocate for the transfer of the megalithic concept about the sea routes from the north-west of France, and for advanced maritime technology and seafaring in the megalithic Era.”
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The first monument on the site, an early “henge” monument was built about 5,000 years ago, Fox News previously reported. The world-famous stone circle, built around 2500 B. C. during the Neolithic period.
These types of structures were originally thought to have their roots in the North of Europe, but the study of the author, prehistoric archaeologist Bettina Schulz Paulsson, has long been suspected they originated elsewhere because she dug up her first megalithic site about 20 years ago, in Portugal.
“Everyone told me, ‘You’re crazy, it can’t be done, ‘” Schulz Paulsson told the Science. “But I decided to do it anyway.”
Since the structures tend to be in the neighbourhood of the coasts, Paulsson is of the opinion that yachtsmen can be responsible for them. She has even pointed out that there are engraved markings of sperm whales on a number of the beginning of the megalithic structures in the north-west of France.
The theory has garnered faith of other researchers. “This seems very plausible,” Gail Higginbottom, an archaeologist at the University of Adelaide in Australia, told the Science.
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The origin of Stonehenge have been discussed in recent history. In August 2018, a study found that 10 of the cremated remains buried at the prehistoric monument came from western Britain, with a number of south-west Wales, unlike England, where the monument was built.
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Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.