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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Stone Circles In Britain

Britain's most famous stone circles are Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain and Avebury in Wiltshire.

Stonehenge: Stone Circles In Britain


These Neolithic monuments are over 5,000 years old and are among the oldest prehistoric remains in the country. Avebury is Britain's largest stone circle followed by Stanton Drew in Somerset.

Stonehenge

However, there are many, many other less well-known neolithic and Early Bronze Age stone circles, henges, cairns and barrows scattered around the British Isles with over 1,000 stone circles alone documented.

Britain's stone circles include Nine Stones Close (though only four stones still stand) in Derbyshire, Black Tor Row on Dartmoor in Devon, Merrivale Rows also on Dartmoor, Swinside Stone Circle in the Lake District and the Merry Maidens Stone Circle in Cornwall.



Archaeologists still debate the exact function of Britain's stone circles, though the evidence points to them being multifunctional, having some sort of ceremonial and ritual purpose including possibly ancestor worship, along with burial and celestial observation.

Merrivale Rows, Dartmoor, Devon

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