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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?

19th December 2012

Field Notes 2012Posted by Vince Simmonds Fri, February 24, 2012 08:17:50

While taking a visual survey of the landscape that surrounds the site at Stanton Drew it is of note that at other monument sites such as Stonehenge and Priddy Circles there are a considerable number of other features in the landscape, for exmple round barrows. Why are [or where are] these apparently not seen in the surrounding landscape of Stanton Drew?

This stone, pictured below, is the first reached on the present day access to the stone cicle from Stone Close car park. When this particular stone is compared to others of it's rock type in the circles there is an 'un-natural' look to it, the majority of the other stones are 'block-shaped'. Noticeable on the surface are blackened areas, it is possible these are the result of 'firing' a method used in the past to break up stones. The lower part of the stone still retains, what looks to be a more angular shape. In the 17th century John Aubrey when visiting the site noted that 'as hard as these stones are they a make a shift to break them with sledges because they incumber their good land' (Burl, 1999. p50).

Reference: Burl, A. 1999. Great Stone Circles: fables, fiction, facts. Yale University Press, New Haven and London.

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