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Stonehenge, the enigmatic monolithic monument built by ancient inhabitants of what is now England was allegedly used for religious ritual purposes and to predict the seasons. Notably, it attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year who are impressed with the wonder of the construction and its symbolism.

Preserved for centuries, has survived a significant number of wars and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1986, it is one of the most important archeology sites in the world.

Recently, researchers discovered stones very similar to those of Stonehenge were discovered, in Waun Mawn in West Wales- Then, after further investigation, it was possible to determine their chemical composition that dates a few hundred years prior to the construction of the ‘original’ Stonehenge

After excavations, more stones were found placed in a circular shape and also aligned with the rise of the sun on the summer solstice, which implies that both monuments are related and were built for the same purposes.

It is known that Stonehenge was built in the Neolithic by people from what is now Wales who would have erected these structures in part to honor their cultural traditions and ancestry.

The structure, which has already acquired the title of the third-largest of this style in Britain, is about 361 feet in diameter and is also probably the oldest of its kind dating back more than 5000 years.


Older Stonehenge Found In Wales

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The coincidences between the Stonehenge monument and the Waun Mawn continue to add up. Inscriptions and similar marks on the stones found, the size of the stones used, and even the size of the pit in which they are stuck into a circle.

Also, the precise direction in which they are built marks with impressive accuracy the path the sun follows as it rises and sets on the summer solstice. That only means that this ancient civilization had advanced knowledge of astronomy.

Experts even believe that some of the pieces originally used at Waun Mawn were later moved and became part of Stonehenge.

“With an estimated 80 bluestones put up on Salisbury Plain at Stonehenge and nearby Bluestonehenge, my guess is that Waun Mawn was not the only stone circle that contributed to Stonehenge,” said Mike Parker Pearson, professor at Cambridge and leader of the research, as quoted by Sci-News.

We hope that scientists continue to discover more archaeological sites like these that allow us to take a clearer look at ancient civilizations and their fascinating customs.