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4,000-year-old stone circle found on Dartmoor

May 10, 2015 | Comment icon 19 comments



A view over Dartmoor, a region of moorland in the south of England. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 lostajy
A previously undiscovered stone circle has been unearthed by archaeologists in southern England.
Several stone circles have been found on Dartmoor over the years but this marks the first time a new one has been found in over a century. Measuring around 111ft in diameter, the circle has been described as 'very impressive' and dates back over 4,000 years.

The circle is comprised of 30 stones that now lay flat however evidence suggests that they would have once stood upright.

A wide ditch has also been found outside the perimeter.
"It is fantastic, very exciting," said archaeologist Andy Crabb. "Most of them were pretty well researched by antiquarians and early archaeologists in Victorian times."

"To be able to investigate one now is really exciting."

The circle, which was discovered after the undergrowth was destroyed in a controlled fire, is now thought to be the highest in southern England and the second-largest on Dartmoor.

In its heyday it would have been an impressive sight indeed.

Source: Plymouth Herald | Comments (19)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Taun 7 years ago
Was this a protective wall of a fortress? Or a Dragon blind for hunting the beast? Obviously it is the remains of the hangers for the UFO fleet that was used to construct both Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Egypt...
Comment icon #11 Posted by freetoroam 7 years ago
Very good find, but why not show the picture of them here, the picture above is not of 30 flat stones. why do they think they were sacred, in those days it would not have been surprising to build shelters involving stones and why not round ones? Maybe the stones were the centre on their shelters, maybe they used animal pelts attached to the stones. Its always fascinating to see these, but I do not know why sacred has to be thought of before shelters.
Comment icon #12 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
The circle probably would have looked something like this.... This doesn't provide any shelter, but could easily serve a cultural, or religious, purpose.
Comment icon #13 Posted by TripGun 7 years ago
If we knew why they built it we would probably think it rather mundane.
Comment icon #14 Posted by aquatus1 7 years ago
"Ha! Woooodhenge, feh! Wait till those Easthillers see this! Now this is a henge! Let them play with their toothpicks!"
Comment icon #15 Posted by freetoroam 7 years ago
The circle probably would have looked something like this.... This doesn't provide any shelter, but could easily serve a cultural, or religious, purpose. Why not as a support for shelter..........it is said that 4,000 years ago brown bears lived in Southern England, maybe these stones were used as some sort of protection against them. I am saying that they could have been supports for animal pelts used around it as a shelter. Could well have been spiritual, bu there does not seen to be anything indicating this, I think it far more simple....like shelter supports.
Comment icon #16 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Why not as a support for shelter..........it is said that 4,000 years ago brown bears lived in Southern England, maybe these stones were used as some sort of protection against them. I am saying that they could have been supports for animal pelts used around it as a shelter. Could well have been spiritual, bu there does not seen to be anything indicating this, I think it far more simple....like shelter supports. If the stones were closer together, that might support such an idea better. I do suppose they could have been part of a fence.
Comment icon #17 Posted by freetoroam 7 years ago
If the stones were closer together, that might support such an idea better. I do suppose they could have been part of a fence. Fence? very probable. They need not be close together as individual shelters per family. Each stone per shelter, but i like the fence idea to keep the bears and what ever other wild life were lurking, which means they could have lived inside the circle. in those days there were no guns, so protecting themselves would be the use of primitive weapons and safe sheltering, stones would be a lot more solid as a support for their "tents" made out of animal pelts = maybe? Who... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by Athena1979 7 years ago
I visited one of the Mayan cities in the Yucutan. They said that most of the temples we seen were actually built tall above the jungle so that the elite Mayans could build wooden houses at the top of the temples. It was here that you would be able to get a cool breeze. Only a few of the temples were actually for worshipping. People build things for all sorts of reasons. Ancient humans wouldn't waste their time on luxuries. Everything would have had a purpose.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Codenwarra 7 years ago
Another stone circle in Britain, possibly from the late Neolithic when Dartmoor was forested. Not exactly surprising, the entire island is riddled with Neolithic and Bronze remnants. Bodmin Moor, not so far away, has one of the longer processional ways in the country, a heap of stone originally turfed at the top, 380 metres long near Rough Tor and stone circles up to 12 metres across. The popular archaeological TV show "Time Team" explains over 48 minutes (Yes, I know it's Baldrick and that he can be an annoying twerp, but he's also one of the producers). See also the Ness of Brodgar, the Ring... [More]


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