Geologist stumbles across ‘Welsh Stonehenge

By County Echo Reporter in Local People

A NEWPORT geologist has told how he stumbled across what he believes to be ‘The Welsh Stonehenge’ on private farmland in north Pembrokeshire two years ago.

Paul Sanday also claims to have solved the riddle of why the Preseli bluestones were moved to Salisbury Plain and used to build Stonehenge.

“Two years ago I took in a Catalan sheepdog called Reuben. I like to walk him at different locations,” he told the County Echo.

“At this one site we were walking along a high bank when he suddenly dived over it at a low point and started barking and whining - I thought he had been hurt.

“I looked over the bank and saw a ditch and another bank. At that point I knew I had found ‘The Welsh Stonehenge’.

“How did I feel at the time? Both excited and relieved. I have walked the Preseli Mountains since I was five years old. I have walked through a lot of mud, a lot of hidden valleys and have found lots of stone circles.

“If I was an archaeologist this would have been the ‘Holy Grail’ - to me as a geologist the Holy Grail would be finding a writhing swarm of bad-tempered dinosaurs.”

Paul is now trying to establish whether a glaciation in around 3,300 BC could have carried the bluestones to Stonehenge by ice.

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