A summer solstice trail of standing stones – something to do this weekend…..

a photo of a sunset behind the stones at Stonehenge Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll spot bits of ancient heritage in a field near you.

It’s been years since my archaeology class visited Stonehenge and Silbury Hill (the largest man-made mound in Europe) and I had forgotten  how many more ancient heritage sites there were around the country to see.  Culture24 has set out a trail to follow to see some of the finest examples:

Some of the oldest relics of manmade heritage in the UK are not to be found in museums, but out in the fields and hills, standing weathered but monumental as they have done for thousands of years (actually, some have been re-positioned over the millennia).

Our prehistoric ancestors were a dab hand at somehow getting huge slabs of stone to stand up on their ends, without the benefit of any kind of motorised cranes or hydraulic haulage, leaving us these strange rows and circles of lichen-covered rocks, and earth covered barrows (burial chambers). Those that remain mostly date to the late Neolithic and early Bronze Age, about 4,000 – 5,000 years ago.

Here’s a trail around some of the key standing stones and stone burial chambers of Britain.  REST OF ARTICLE

photo of tall and thin slabs of standing stone in a circleshows the majestic and mysterious stones at Avebury in Wiltshire, a World Heritage Site.photo of standing stones, some fallen over, in low angle sunlight with hills in the backgroundShows a photograph of Silbury Hill from the ground.

 

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