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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?

21st December 2013

Field Notes 2013 Posted on Sun, December 22, 2013 16:24:01

Went over to Stanton Drew Stone Circles with my daughter to experience the setting sun on the Winter Solstice. There were a few others at the Stones but not many. Unfortunately the sun was somewhat obscured by clouds although there was a ‘red sky’

Some observations:

There appears to be an alignment through the ‘Big Mound’, the north east avenues, across the Great Circle to the south west circle where the sun seems to set. This is enhanced by the upward slope to the horizon looking towards the setting sun. Standing in the avenues, the south west wind blows into your face, as you look in the direction of the setting sun the clouds appear to pass rapidly by on either side, the ‘red’ rays of the sun take centre stage – and then it is gone as the sun dips below the horizon.

I guess it can be considered a spiritual experience.

Harold’s Stones, Trellech

Field Notes 2013 Posted on Thu, January 31, 2013 06:30:36

While at Trellech to carry out an archaeological excavation took the opportunity to wander down the road to take a look at these stones.

The stones are suggested to be Bronze Age and comprise of a locally derived conglomerate termed ‘puddingstone’, the clast material is mainly coarse subrounded to rounded quartz gravel.

The stones are located within a basin, there are a number of spring courses in the surrounding area.