When you think of early rock music, you probably think of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. But researchers now think they have found rock music that predates them by thousands of years.
Stonehenge. Yes, the famous monument may have been used to make actual "rock" music. (Via National Geographic)
"It's not the sound you'd expect from rock on rock, no." (Via BBC)
Researchers out of London's Royal College of Art say some bluestones, one of the rock types found in Stonehenge, make a sort of musical sound. (Via BBC)
And they can actually make a range of sounds. To find this out, researchers spent months tapping more than 1,000 types of rock.
The lead researcher said, "We have had percussionists up here who have been able to actually get proper tunes out of the rocks. This is real rock music." (Via ITV)
Perhaps this was the reason these rocks were transported 200 miles when there were local rocks that could have been used to build Stonehenge. (Via PBS)
More proof the rocks could have been a giant musical instrument: "Large chunks of rock missing from the stones would also suggest they they have been hit throughout their lifetime." (Via Daily Mail)
Thanks to the study, music can now be added to a long list of possible reasons why Stonehenge was built — to serve as a calendar, a religious area or even an alien landing zone.