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A missing stone that was probably an important part of the ancient rituals that took place at Stonehenge has been discovered by a Welsh archaeologist, reports the Western Mail, the national newspaper of Wales.
Why would someone steal the altar stone?Price says it was once a common and well-documented practice to take the Stonehenge rocks when needed for constructing bridges. "On the balance of probabilities, there can be little doubt that Inigo Jones's fabled and once-lost altar stone from Stonehenge now stands in two pieces in a nearby village either side of a small lane, in plain view of anyone who wishes to inspect them," Price insisted to the Western Mail. "There can also be little if any doubt that our ancestors went to great pains to select this stone and to transport it from either Dorset or the Cotswolds to Stonehenge, where it formed an integral part of the ancient observances and ceremonies there over 4,000 years ago."