First Dartmoor stone circle found in more than a century fits the ancient pattern, according to archeologists

The first stone circle to be found on Dartmoor for more than a century fits with the pattern of a ‘sacred’ arc of stones found along the north-eastern edge of the National Park, as identified by archaeologists who say the relics delineate the level of arranging and contacts among at the communities at the site somewhere around 4,000 and 5,000 years prior.

Set 525 meters above sea level, the most elevated stone circle in southern England is the second biggest on Dartmoor, reaching out to a diameter measurement of 34 meters with all-encompassing perspectives. Comprising of 30 recumbent stones and one lying in a hole simply outside the formation, the upright circle would’ve been ‘very impressive’, overwhelming the landscape and looking like the Grey Wethers double stone circle, nearby Fernworthy Forest.

“Some preliminary radiocarbon dating has already taken place on soil samples taken from directly beneath two of the stones,” as per Jane Marchand, a Senior Archaeologist for the Dartmoor National Park, who has been studying a circle recognized by a geophysical survey carried out in an undertaking investigating the historical backdrop of one of Britain’s most marvelous archaeological areas.

“These are the first radiocarbon determinations from a Dartmoor stone circle. The dates have produced very similar results and calibrate to the end of the third millennium BC, 4000 years ago. This indicates the date by which the stones had fallen.”

“Its discovery is providing an opportunity for investigation using the very latest archaeological, scientific methods to provide long-awaited insights into the chronology, construction and the purpose of these most elusive and iconic of Dartmoor’s prehistoric monuments.”

The uniformly-sized stones are thought to have been painstakingly looked over Sittaford Tor amid the Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The early results have uncovered a wide ditch running in a straight manner just past the eastern side of the circle.

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Source: http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/archaeology/art526527-first-dartmoor-stone-circle-discovery-in-more-than-a-century-fits-prehistoric-pattern-say-archaeologists

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