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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?

25th March 2012

Field Notes 2012Posted by Vince Simmonds Mon, March 26, 2012 21:37:01

Overton Hill to Fyfield Down, Wiltshire. On a warm, sunny day to welcome the start of British summer time decided on a field trip to the sarsen stones at Fyfield Down. A follow up to Lloyd-Morgan's suggestion of a 'sarsen' origin for Hautville's Quoit.

There are a number of features of the stones at Fyfield Down and Hautville's Quoit that are similar.

There is also compelling evidence of human use of the stones at Fyfield Down, for example, polissoir (see image below) and field systems.

Reference: Lloyd-Morgan, C. 1887. The Stones of Stanton Drew: their source and origin. Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, 33: pp 37 - 50.

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