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Celtic druids are often wrongly seen as builders of megalithic monuments.
The age of megalithic monuments, build in natural stones,
can not be determinate directly. Researchers can only use carbon dating on
remains found in or near the monuments. But those remains can be more recent
than the monument self...
Age of standing stones
Accepted is that many standing stones are dated very early, the biggest are the oldest. The "Big Broken Standing Stone" in Locmariaquer (+- 20 meter) is estimated to be set up around 4500 B.C.
The first grave-mounds, the long barrows, had no stones inside. The long barrow of Lambourn (G.B.) is dated +- 4300 B.C.
The passage tomb "Table des Marchands" (Locmariaquer -
Bretagne), one of the oldest stone buildings in Europe, is dated around 3900
(* 'Mensen in de steentijd' - Uitg. Kosmos, 1994)
Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, de best known 'grave-mounds' in Ireland where built around 3200 B.C.
Age stone circles
The big stone circle in Avebury (G.B.) was erected probably
around 3100 B.C.
Stonehenge was constructed in different fazes.
The oldest Stonehenge (+- 3100 B.C.) included a circular ditch with inside a
mysterious ring of 'postholes', the so-called "Aubrey-holes"
In comparison: The Big Cheops Pyramid (Egypt) was probably built around 2550 B.C.
The dates of the arrival of the Bleu Stones and the construction of Sarsen-Stones given above are the results of recent investigations by Prof. Mike Parker Pearson and his team, older sources give younger dates.