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Pen Y Beacon Stone Circle

Pen Y Beacon Stone Circle is a stone circle in the Black Mountains. The circle is composed of one standing stone and three recumbent stones. In the past it was believed that these stones were the remains of a cairn but this theory is no longer accepted. Pen Y Beacon Stone Circle is located at the foot of Hay Bluff Hill, beside a car park near the village of Llanthony in Wales. © All rights reserved

Avebury Henge and Stone Circles

Avebury is a Neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles. It' s part of a set of Neolithic and Bronze Age ceremonial sites that formed a large sacred landscape. They include West Kennet Avenue, Adam and Eve Stones, West Kennet Long Barrow, among others. It's believed that the Avebury complex was constructed between 2850 BC and 2200 BC. The henge survives as a huge circular bank and ditch. Within the henge is the largest megalithic stone circle in Britain which in turn encloses two small stone circles. The Avebury monument is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it's situated around the village of Avebury in Wiltshire, England. © All rights reserved

Coate Stone Circle

Coate Stone Circle is a partly visible stone circle containing five recumbent sarsen stones. The monument was one of at least seven stone circles that are known to have been erected in the area south of Swindon. Based on his observations in the 1890s, the antiquarian A. D. Passmore suggested that the circle would have once contained over thirty stones. He recorded nine stones surviving as part of the circle, but by the 21st century there were only five. Passmore also recorded a line of five stones leading towards the circle, which might have represented an avenue similar to West Kennet Avenue in Avebury. It's believed that the Coate Stone Circle could have had connections with Avebury Stone Circles and Stonehenge, but there is no evidence to support this theory. Coate Stone Circle is located near the town of Swindon in England. © All rights reserved

Rollright Stones

The Rollright Stones consist of a complex of three Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments located in two different fields on the borders of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire. The monuments are known as the King's Men, the Whispering Knights and the King Stone. The three monuments were built at different periods in late prehistory from local oolitic limestone and had distinct purposes. The Whispering Knights was the first of the monuments to be constructed in the area. The monument consist of the remains of a Neolithic portal dolmen used as a place of burial. Evidence suggests that the Whispering Knights is one of the earliest funerary monuments in Britain. It was constructed around 3,500 BC. The King's Men Stone Circle is a circle of about seventy stones constructed around 2,500 BC. It was used as a gathering place for Neolithic people. The King Stone is a monolith that was probably erected around 1,500 BC. It's believed that it was used to mark the location of a nearby Bronze Age b


Stonehenge is one of the most famous landmarks in the United Kingdom and it's part of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England. Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument consisting of a ring of massive standing stones and horizontal stone lintels capping the outer circle. Two different kind of stones (bluestones and sarsens) were used to build it, Archaeologists believe it was constructed from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. Many modern scholars agree that Stonehenge was once a burial ground but they have yet to determine what other purposes it served and how they constructed this impressive monument without modern technology. Stonehenge is the most architecturally sophisticated stone circle in the world, while Avebury is the largest. Stonehenge is situated near the medieval city of Salisbury in Wiltshire. © All rights reserved

Stanton Drew Stone Circles and Cove

Stanton Drew Stone Circles is considered to be one of the largest Neolithic monument to have been built in Britain. The monument was built about 4,500 years ago. Although being the third largest complex of standing stones in England, the site doesn't receive the same level of interest and exploration as the more famous stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge. In 1740 the site was surveyed by the antiquarian John Wood, who suggested the layout was based on the Pythagorean planetary system of worlds. According to this theory, the number and position of the stones correspond to the solar, lunar and earth cycles. Astronomical alignments and ley lines are common theories to explain the positioning of the stones at Stanton Drew. However, recent surveys have revealed that the circles and cove were part of a much more elaborate and important ritual site than had previously been imagined. The Cove is a group of three large stones located in the garden of the village pub. It has been shown t