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?

31st December 2011

Field Notes 2011Posted by Vince Simmonds Sat, January 07, 2012 16:20:00

Maes Knoll, Dundry Hill. Overcast and windy. NGRs have been plotted using a hand-held Garmin etrex GPS - accuracy +/- 6 metres.

ST 59986/65936

At Maes Knoll at the eastern end of Dundry Hill is a small scarp with several exposures of pale yellow-grey Oolitic Limestone of Jurassic age, the rocks have a number of natural solutional features. The scarp alignment is parallel to the contour of the hill.

At location ST 59886/66151 are more exposures of Oolitic Limestone. Much of the rock is obscured by an overgrowth of grass turf and lichens.

At location ST 60193/66139 at the east side of the Maes Knoll site Oolitic Limestone is clearly visible at the top of the ditch close to the surface. Although some of this rock might have been exposed when the ditch [or Wansdyke] was excavated.

From the hilltop in this general location there are good views of the Stanton Drew stone circles and this view is maintained when descending the footpath leading in a southeast direction off the summit of Dundry Hill down towards Norton Malreward. At around 120 metres elevation the view to the stones becomes obscured by buildings and trees.

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