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U–Pb zircon age constraints for the Ordovician Fishguard Volcanic Group and further evidence for the provenance of the Stonehenge bluestones

Bevins, Richard; Atkinson, Nicola; Ixer, Rob; Evans, Jane. 2017 U–Pb zircon age constraints for the Ordovician Fishguard Volcanic Group and further evidence for the provenance of the Stonehenge bluestones. Journal of the Geological Society, 174 (1). 14-17. 10.1144/jgs2016-042

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Abstract/Summary

New U–Pb zircon ages from rhyolite samples of the Fishguard Volcanic Group, SW Wales, confirm a Middle Ordovician (Darriwilian) age for the group. One of the samples is from Craig Rhos-y-felin, which has recently been identified on petrological and geochemical grounds as the source of much of the debitage (struck flakes) at Stonehenge. Analysis of a Stonehenge rhyolite fragment yields an age comparable with that of the Craig Rhos-y-felin sample. Another Stonehenge fragment, thought to come from orthostat (standing stone) 48 and on petrographical grounds to be derived from the Fishguard Volcanic Group (but not Craig Rhos-y-felin), yields an age also consistent with a Fishguard Volcanic Group source. Supplementary material: Details of analytical methods and a table of data are available at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.3518175.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1144/jgs2016-042
ISSN: 0016-7649
Date made live: 05 Dec 2016 13:24 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/515349

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