New Stonehenge Theory Unveiled

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The rocks at Stonehenge were chosen because of their acoustic properties, a new theory says.

Special Rocks

According to ‘Archeo-acoustic’ expert Paul Devereux, there had to be something special with the rocks.

“It hasn’t been considered until now that sound might have been a factor,” he told the BBC.

In an attempt to understand how ancient humans perceived their world, Devereux led a project by the Royal College of Art in London. The results revealed that some of the bluestone rocks at Stonehenge emitted sounds similar to bells when struck.

The Unsolved Mystery

Despite the results of a number of early researches, experts are still puzzled about how exactly ancient humans were able to transport the stones from their original location to the Stonehenge site. A new study found that a number of the bluestones at Stonehenge show evidence of having been physically struck.

Rock the Bells!

Devereux and his colleagues note in the study that about 5 to 10 percent of the 1,000 plus rocks they tested emitted a range of sounds, from pure bell-like tones to tin drum noises to deeper gong-like resonances. The study suggests that rocks at Stonehenge may have been used to create a virtual symphony to the ears of the ancient world.

“There’s lots of different tones, you could play a tune,” Devereux told the BBC. “In fact, we have had percussionists who have played proper percussion pieces off the rocks.”