A couple take a selfie near Stonehenge, June 20, 2020. Toby Melville/Reuters

Stonehenge’s origin story has baffled archaeologists for centuries.

The mysterious rock arrangement on England’s Salisbury Plain features two distinct types of stone slabs in half circles. Researchers have traced the massive 30-foot boulders forming Stonehenge’s outer circle to nearby woodlands, while the inner circle of smaller, 9-foot bluestone monoliths likely came from a site in Wales more than 140 miles away.

While Stonehenge’s builders left no indication of how the monument came to be there or why they erected it, new research into the stones’ places of origin are offering new insight into the monument’s purpose.

A recent study in the journal Antiquity suggests that Stonehenge’s bluestone circle was first

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