I agree. The surface stones will be like the tip of the iceberg -- I wouldn't mind betting that there are hundreds if not thousands more "bluestones" lurking in ancient deposits in valleys all over Wilts and Somerset. The surface ones around Stonehenge were collected up, because the builders had a job to do.
The surface ones around Stonehenge were collected up, because the builders had a job to do.
But why eighty (just for the job) and no more?
Who says that 80 bluestones were collected up? Not me. Having scoured all the tomes and research papers, I can find evidence for 43 bluestones and no more. The builders collected up all they could find, messed about for a few generations, moving the bluestones back and forth, and then simply gave up, with the monument only half finished. That's my scenario, and I'll stick to it until somebody proves me wrong. It's summarised on my YouTube video:
What the hell. None of this is actually that important compared with poverty and hunger, but it would be nice to get the truth of this matter sorted out, wouldn't it?
Hi MM, actually it was me who gave the 80ish bluestone number off the top of my head to LS, but checking Mike Pitt's Hengeworld he says that there were perhaps "sixty or seventy in the bluestone circle and nineteen in the horseshoe. Around 300 tons." so I was fairly near the mark....
Sorting the 'truth of the matter', maybe we were'nt meant to know ;)