The Stonehenge bluestones were quarried and brought to Salisbury Plain from a village in Wales named Maenclochog – a name that means “bell stones” or “ringing stones.”
Now, a startling new report speculates that Stonehenge may have been a prehistoric center for ritual sounds.
Here are some of the ideas now being considered by experts from London’s Royal College of Art, as reported by Sarah Griffiths and Amanda Williams in the Daily Mail…
Stonehenge may have been built by Stone Age man as a prehistoric centre for rock music, a new study has claimed.
According to experts from London’s Royal College of Art, some of the stones sound like bells, drums, and gongs when they are ‘played’ – or hit with hammers.
Archaeologists, who have pondered why stone age man transported Bluestones 200 miles from Mynydd Y Preseli in Pembrokshire, South West Wales to Stonehenge, believe this discovery could hold the key.
The ‘sonic rocks’ could have been specifically picked because of their ‘acoustic energy’ which means they can make a variety of noises ranging from metallic to wooden sounding, in a number of notes.Research published today in the Journal of Time & Mind reveals the surprising new role for the Preseli Bluestones which make up the famous monument, and which were sourced from the Pembrokeshire landscape on and around the Carn Menyn ridge, on Mynydd Preseli, South-West Wales.
A significant percentage of the rocks on Carn Menyn produce metallic sounds – like bells, gongs or tin drums – when struck with small hammerstones. Such sonic or musical rocks are referred to as ‘ringing rocks’ or ‘lithophones’.
The Landscape & Perception project drew upon the comments of the early ‘rock gong’ pioneer, Bernard Fagg, a one-time curator of the Pitt Rivers Museum, in Oxford.
He suspected there were ringing rocks on or around Preseli and suggested that this was the reason why so many Neolithic monuments exist in the region – with the sounds making the landscape sacred to Stone Age people.
Tours to sacred sites often include standing stones, stone circles and dolmens, but the “Mysterious Wales, Land of Merlin” tour announced today by Body Mind Spirit Journeys also includes two holy wells. The photograph is St. Seirol’s Well, in Penmon, Anglesey, Wales. The well was built by local monks, and some people believe the waters still have the power to heal. There was an ancient monastery on the site, as well as a 6th century church and another built in the 12th century. The walls near the well are said to be the oldest remaining Christian building remnants in Wales.
On a much more modern note, anyone who remembers the classic ’60s TV mystery series “The Prisoner” starring Patrick McGoohan, will be interested to know this Welsh tour includes the colorfully fanciful Portmeirion, where exterior scenes of the series were filmed.
Although most of the tour focuses on Wales, it does begin and end in England. So not only does this tour include a special private entrance to Stonehenge, it also gives participants the opportunity to explore the Preseli mountains where the Stonehenge bluestones were quarried. Paul Devereux, in his book Places of Power: Measuring the Secret Energies at Ancient Sites reported of a visit to the area by two people who witnessed a vivid rainbow in the sky overhead – during the dark of night!
Perhaps the most photogenic attraction will be the dolmen, Pentre Ifan. This megalithic burial chamber was once known as King Arthur’s Quoit. It is about 5,500 years old, and its capstone weights more than 16 tons. According to local legends, faeries have been seen dancing about it looking like “little children in soldiers’ clothes and with red caps.”
For those more literary minded, the tour also features the ruins of Tintern Abbey, which inspired poems by William Wordsworth and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.
The dates for this 10-day program are October 7 to 16, 2012. You can see the full itinerary by following this link for the Body Mind Spirit Journeys tour of spiritual Wales attractions.read more