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Chlorine-36 dating and the bluestones of Stonehenge

  • Olwen Williams-Thorpe (a1), D. Graham Jenkins (a2), Judith Jenkins (a2) and John S. Watson (a1)

The bluestones of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain continue to attract controversy. New dates on Stonehenge material using the Chlorine-36 method have been reported as evidence that the bluestones were moved from their Welsh sources by human transport, not by glaciation. Here Olwen Williams-Thorpe and colleagues, who have argued for the glacial transport theory, show that the Chlorine-36 dates have been misinterpreted.

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