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The Valley of Stones: A landscape of sarsen boulders in Dorset

The Valley of Stones is a National Nature Reserve in Dorset, England, that is home to a unique landscape of scattered sarsen boulders. These large, naturally occurring stones are thought to have formed during the last ice age, when freeze-thaw cycles caused the sandstone on the nearby hills to fragment and slump downhill. The sarsen stones in the Valley of Stones are some of the largest and most impressive in southern England. They range in size from small pebbles to boulders that weigh over 100 tons. The stones are a warm, honey-brown color and have a weathered, textured surface. Among the boulders lies a hidden treasure: a Neolithic polishing stone. This polishing stone, or polissoir, is a large boulder with a smooth, concave surface. It is thought to have been used by Neolithic people to sharpen and polish their stone tools. The polishing stone was discovered by a team of volunteers who were clearing vegetation from the valley floor. It is the only undisturbed polissoir to have been

Neolithic Polishing Stones (Polissoirs): A window into the past

Neolithic polishing stones, also known as polissoirs, are large stones that were used by Neolithic people to sharpen and polish their stone tools, such as axes, adzes, and chisels. These stones are typically made of hard, durable materials such as sandstone, granite, or quartzite. They often have a smooth, concave surface that was created by repeated use. Polissoirs are found all over the world, but they are particularly common in Europe and Asia. They are thought to have been used from around 10,000 to 5,000 years ago, during the Neolithic period. This was a time when humans were transitioning from a nomadic lifestyle to a more settled one, and they were developing new technologies, such as agriculture and pottery. Polishing stones were an essential tool for the Neolithic people. Sharp, polished stone tools were essential for felling trees, clearing land for farming, building houses, and making other tools and weapons. Polishing stones were also used to make ceremonial objects, such a