LONDON, Sept. 1 (UPI) — British archaeologists say a tomb found at a quarry in Wales could be that of some of the original builders of Stonehenge.
Researchers say the Carn Menyn site in the Preseli Hills is where the bluestones used to construct the first stone phase of Stonehenge were quarried in about 2300 B.C., the BBC reported Wednesday.
At the quarry, the remains of a ceremonial monument were found that appears to have a pair of standing stones embedded in it, a direct architectural link to Stonehenge, where the first bluestones from the quarry were also set in pairs.
The tomb is in the style of a typical Neolithic burial monument, researchers said.
“We have obviously got a very important person who may have been responsible for the impetus for these stones to be transported” to Stonehenge, researcher Geoff Wainwright said. “It can be compared directly with the first Stonehenge, so for the first time we have a direct link between Carn Menyn — where the bluestones came from — and Stonehenge, in the form of this ceremonial monument.”