stanton drew stone circles

I have been researching the Stanton Drew Stone Circles for a number of years both as an individual and with members of the Bath and Camerton Archaeological Society. The stones seen at Stanton Drew are varied and include, among other rock types; silicified Dolomitic Conglomerate, Oolitic Limestone and Sandstone. The question is; from where were these various stone types sourced?

29th December 2011

Field Notes 2011Posted by Vince Simmonds Sat, January 07, 2012 15:10:33

Another overcast, wet and windy day. Today's walk concentrated on an area closer to the stone circles. NGRs were plotted using a hand-held Garmin etrex GPS - accuracy +/- 6 metres.

Stanton Wick to Upper Stanton Drew ST 61078/63188

In the stream-bed of a deeply cut stream valley is an exposure of sandstone bedrock.

Although the rock appears red on surface exposures including fractures and joints when freshly broken faces are examined the rock is grey-black and medium to coarse grained. There is a substantial amount of colluvial material overlying the bedrock, the depth of the valley cut is 5 to 10 metres [or more]. Walking out of the stream valley up to the ridge at location ST 61302/62949 the Stanton Drew stone circles are clearly visible.

[Sandstone exposure is possibly part of the Supra-Pennant Measures (d6b) of the Upper Coal Measures of Carboniferous age. The former Bromley coal mine site is approximately 1km south of this location]

Stanton Wick ST 61378/61120 136 metres elevation

At the top of the hillslope is an exposure of pale yellow-grey silt/mudstone mostly as cobbles and boulders, no bedrock exposure was noted. These rocks are White and Blue Lias of Jurassic age [Reference: BGS Map 1:50 000 Scale, Sheet No. 280 Wells].

Location ST 61378/61113 at 120 metres elevation [just left of centre in the image above] is a curious man-made feature cut into the hillslope and facing north, possibly a stone pit or quarry. On the hilltop above this feature are what appears to be the remains of building(s) and earthworks. Across the hilltop is considerable evidence for human activity probably stone quarrying, ST 60955/60990 is a good example. The small streams that flow down the lane from this area have tufaceous [travertine] properties leaving a coating on pebbles, etc.

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