Fact Eight: The BBC programme about the original Stonehenge provides the missing link that helps explain Garn Goch.
Probably the leading archaeologist for Stonehenge is Professor Mike Parker Pearson, and he’s the ‘star’ of the BBC 2 documentary. He’s also led the excavations of the Neolithic quarries and stone circle in the Preseli Hills.
The largest stone circle in Britain when it was built was in Pembrokeshire, and Parker Pearson also says there’s ‘no doubt that [Pembrokeshire] was one of the great religious and political centres of Neolithic Britain'.
That was until the ambitious priests of Stonehenge decided they wanted to be the primary religious centre in Britain, so nicked our stone circle - but that wasn’t until the middle of the Neolithic, and Stonehenge as we know it was built right at the end of the Neolithic period.
So for a thousand years and more, pilgrims would have travelled on the ‘camino’ to Pembrokeshire at the ’end of the world’ just as they still do today on the Camino Finisterre beyond Santiago de Compostela.
This is transformatory because Garn Goch was not then in the middle of the proverbial nowhere. It was right on the ridgeway camino to Pembrokeshire. How do we know that? There’s a series of waymarking cairns stretching east and west of Garn Goch.
We can reasonably assume that Garn Goch was both a way station en route to Pembrokeshire, and a destination in its own right. Hence the large site for large numbers of people.
Incidentally, note the similarity between the stones quarried at Carn Goedog for eventual location at Stonehenge, and Garn Goch’s stones.
Given all this evidence, what does Garn Goch deserve? Fact Nine suggests an answer.