Inner Group Of Stones Castlerigg Stone Circle Is One Of The Finest In Cumbria , ...

Inner Group Of Stones Castlerigg Stone Circle Is One Of The Finest In Cumbria ,  ...

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Description: Inner group of stones Castlerigg Stone Circle is one of the finest in Cumbria , it is spectacularly situated within a panorama of rugged hills of ever changing character , depending on the mercurial Lakeland weather The circle consists of 38 stones of variable sizes and shapes ; they are all un hewn boulders , some standing over 5 feet in height , although some have fallen in the 5000 years since their erection It has been estimated there were originally around 41 stones , so Castlerigg is relatively well preserved when compared with other circles in the British Isles The stone circle has been tenuously dated at 3200BC , although there is always a buffer zone of a couple of hundred years when trying to date stone circles without accompanying archaeology Castlerigg does not conform to a true circle , the Northeast face is flattened , perhaps due to some little understood aspect of megalithic surveying Just inside the eastern end of the circle is a group of 10 stones forming a rectangular enclosure known as a cove , the purpose of which is unknown Keswick , Lakes District , Cumbria , UK Europe

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