#Stonehenge bluestones had acoustic properties, study shows
Since the 1920s, it has been known stones quarried in Mynydd Preseli were hauled 199 miles (320 km) to Wiltshire by its makers. But, trying to establish why has been more difficult.
With this study, thousands of stones along the Carn Menyn ridge were tested and a high proportion of them were found to “ring” when they were struck.
"And there’s lots of different tones, you could play a tune.
“In fact, we have had percussionists who have played proper percussion pieces off the rocks.”
“We don’t know of course that they moved them because they rang but ringing rocks are a prominent part of many cultures,” he said.
"You can almost see them as a pre-historic glockenspiel, if you like and you could knock them and hear these tunes.
“And #soundscapes of pre-history are something we’re really just beginning to explore.”