Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Blakey Topping standing stones

The largest of the stones.

Could this group of standing stones be the remains of a stone circle?

Although only three stones are visible in the photo, there is certainly a fourth in an old field bank and one source says a fifth, although I didn’t spot either of these1Heritagegateway.org.uk. (2012). Monument Number 63004. Available online at: https://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=63004&resourceID=19191 [Accessed 30 Jun. 2022]..

In addition there are two or three hollows in the ground indicating the position of other stones, all suggesting a circle 18 yards in diameter.

However that is speculation. Other theories propose just a curving alignment or two parallel rows 18 metres apart.

What is more certain is that the stones date from the Bronze Age, about 2500 to 700 BC. It was around the time of this earlier date the stones at Stonehenge is thought to have been erected2English Heritage. (2012). History of Stonehenge. [online] Available at: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/history-and-stories/history/ [Accessed 30 Jun. 2022].



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