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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?

5th February 2012

Field Notes 2012Posted by Vince Simmonds Mon, February 06, 2012 17:27:45

Took a trip over to Stanton Drew to take a look at the stone circles. It's good to visit at differing times of the year and in different light conditions to give a range of perspectives. During the winter months the vegetation has died back and vistas are so much clearer. I wanted to get some close up photographs and look closer at the texture of the various rock types. The two images above are of the stone at position ST 60045/63309 in the Great Circle. This particular stone comprises sandstone with distinct cross-bedding visible and has layers of fine to medium subangular to rounded gravel of quartz.

The two images above are of the stone at position ST 60034/63322 in the Great Circle. This particular stone comprises oolitic limestone, possibly Inferior Oolite Group of Middle Jurassic age. It has a 'gritty' texture as exposed in the solutional features.

The eight images above are of stones in the Southwest Circle. It is interesting to note the effect of silicification on the clasts and matrix of dolomitic conglomerate and the variation of colour from pale pink to oranges and yellows. These rocks also have a high quartz content and a glassy lustreous appearance.

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