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How Waun Mawn stone circle was designed and built, and when the Bluestones arrived at Stonehenge: a response to Darvill

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 November 2022

Mike Parker Pearson*
Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK
Josh Pollard
Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton, UK
Colin Richards
Archaeology Institute, University of the Highlands & Islands, Orkney, UK
Kate Welham
Department of Archaeology & Anthropology, Bournemouth University, UK
Timothy Kinnaird
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews, UK
Aayush Srivastava
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of St Andrews, UK
Chris Casswell
Reclaim Heritage, Spalding, UK
Dave Shaw
Allen Archaeology Ltd, Lincoln, UK
Ellen Simmons
Sheffield Archaeobotanical Consultancy, University of Sheffield, UK
Adam Stanford
Aerial-Cam Ltd, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, UK
Richard Bevins
Department of Natural Sciences, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK Department of Geography & Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, UK
Rob Ixer
Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK
Clive Ruggles
Department of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester, UK
Jim Rylatt
Past Participate, Sheffield, UK
Kevan Edinborough
Ecology and Heritage Partners Pty Ltd, Melbourne, Australia
*Author for correspondence ✉


In response to Timothy Darvill's article, ‘Mythical rings?’ (this issue), which argues for an alternative interpretation of Waun Mawn circle and its relationship with Stonehenge, Parker Pearson and colleagues report new evidence from the Welsh site and elaborate on aspects of their original argument. The discovery of a hearth at the centre of the circle, as well as further features around its circumference, reinforces the authors’ original interpretation. The authors explore the evidence for the construction sequence, which was abandoned before the completion of the monument. Contesting Darvill's argument that the Aubrey Holes at Stonehenge originally held posts, the authors reassert their interpretation of this circle of cut features as Bluestone settings.

Copyright © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Antiquity Publications Ltd.

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